From the cultivation of the vine until the moment the elixir touches your lips, the process of winemaking requires time and dedication. Among the different varieties of grapes with diverse tastes, finding a wine that satisfies your senses including your sight, taste and smell is an activity that produces great pleasure, and doing it frequently depends on reading the information you find in a bottle’s label.
Certain data such as the brand and type of wine, the region and/or country of origin, the vintage year, the percentage of alcohol by volume and the net contents are commonly included, but DINKtravelers invites you to take a look at other elements that come together to create the letter of introduction of a wine.
Wine Grape Varieties
When you find the name of a certain grape variety on a label it’s because there’s a specific percentage of said grape contained in the product. The minimum requirement differs in each country; for example, in Argentina, it must be at least 85% while in Mexico it’s 60%. Even though the type of grape serves as an indicator of how the wine will taste, it’s not an element you’ll find in every single label. In Europe, for example, it’s not mandatory to include it because they prioritize the prestige and tradition of its region of elaboration. However, in countries like Chile, Mexico and Australia, which are considered part of the new world of the winemaking industry, it’s a requisite.
Wines With Protected Designation of Origin
A region’s natural and climatological specific characteristics, as well as its traditional cultivation systems, aging and production methods, and implemented quality control activities guarantee that wines with a Designation of Origin certificate are unique. This inscription is usually found underneath the wine’s brand, but the words you’ll find in a French regulated wine’s label are Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. Meanwhile, if you find a Qualified Designation of Origin inscription you’ll know that you’re holding in your hands a Spanish wine of great tradition whose region is strictly regulated and received the Designation of Origin certificate at least 10 years ago. Among these regions you can find the Rioja. Would you like to try wine produced in other regions that are also rich in tradition? Look for labels with the names Bordeaux, Piedmont, Tuscany and Ribera del Duero printed on them.
Wine Back Labels
Apart from including all the legal information regarding distribution and bottling, the back label on a bottle of wine gives you the opportunity to let your imagination go wild thanks to the different food pairings suggestions it offers as well as its sensory characteristics including aroma, color, taste, winery history and even the suggested temperature for serving. This way, wine tasting becomes a great experience that springs from finding its personality as described through its label.