Ribera del Duero council plans DO status for white wines

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Ribera del Duero's ruling council has launched a bid to permit the production of colorless wine in the Spanish DO wine province.

Ribera del Duero DO is well-known for its red wine production of Tempranillo grapes, but existing rules do not allocate colorless wines to have DO status.'It is about opening new opportunities and options for producers,' said Enrique Pascual, chairman of the Ribera del Duero regulatory council. 'Our proposal contemplates allowing the production of colorless wine below DO mark. The varieties of colorless grapes would be the same ones currently permitted in Castilla y Leon,' he told Decanter.com.Colorless wine production in Ribera del Duero is limited to Castilla y Leon IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) and it accounts for less than 3% of the province's wine production.Below the new proposal, a wide range of varieties would be authorised for production with DO status, including Albillo, Pirules, Malvaisa, Viura, Verdejo, Albariño, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Hondarrabi Zuri, Palomino, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Treixadura and Viognier.Pascual denied that the proposal had come about as a consequence of the limited production space available in the neighbouring Rueda DO wine province. He added that the proposal had emerged as result of conversation with local producers. While many producers in Ribera del Duero have backed the proposals, some have voiced concerns over allowing for the production for such a wide range of colorless varieties. Pascual said a draft of the proposal had been submitted to vineyards and would require government and European Union approval.Related Make pleased:Antonio Banderas launches Ribera wine Ribera del Duero 2010: panel tasting results

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