Geographic Language of Wine Labels: Libations, Land, and Labels
The amount of geographic information included on wine labels varies tremendously. That variation reflects in part the multitiered manner in which grape and wine production are controlled within many countries. Traditions and rules of geographic designation began in Europe as early as eighteenth century and have evolved over the years into complex systems of nomenclature and control. That nomenclature often has meaning beyond simply designating a circumscribed area of production. European geographic designations for wine production are more apt to have implications for wine production methods and quality than those in the New World. This chapter reviews the systems of geographic designation and control used for grape wine production in Italy, France, Germany, the United States, and Australia and how and why geographic information is conveyed on wine labels.
KeywordsWine Terroir Wine classification Viticulture
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