Regional wine classification

Regional wine classification

Many Regional wine classifications exist as part of tradition or appellation law. The most common of these is based on vineyard sites and include the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, though some regions classify their wines based on the style like the German wine classification system. Vineyard classification has a long history dating from some early examples in Jurançon in the 14th century, in 1644 when the council of Wurzburg ranked the city's vineyards by quality, and the early five-level designation of vineyards based on quality in Tokaj-Hegyalja in 1700. J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition, p. 175 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0198609906, [ classification] ]

Other well known classifications include:
*Classification of Saint-Émilion wine of Bordeaux
*Classification of Graves wine of Bordeaux
*Cru Bourgeois of Bordeaux (Médoc)
*Classified estates of Provence

The follow regions are classified by vineyards, not estate.
*Grand cru of Burgundy and Alsace


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