Regional rules allow for wines to be produced with the seal from a specific geographic area as long as they are derived from permitted grape varieties that come from designated areas. In Spain such wines are referred to as Wines of the Land (Vinos de la Tierra) and can have on their labels descriptions of grape variety, vintage and the name of the vineyard, as well as descriptions of the natural conditions and techniques used by the wine-maker.
The social and economic importance for the region, and the effort to modernize on behalf of the wine-makers, bottlers, distributors and sellers over the last few years, have created the demand for some kind of mechanism that lets them bring their high-quality wines to market with labels that represent the product with dignity.
Types of wine bearing the IGP Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla seal: whites, rosés and reds; semi-sparkling and sparkling wines; dessert wines; and wines from over-ripened grapes.
Varieties of wine grapes:
– Whites: Airén, Albillo Real, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Macabeo oViura, Malvar, Malvasía Aromática, Marisancho or Pardillo, Merseguera, Moscatel de grano menudo, Moscatel de Alejandría, Parellada, Pedro Ximénez, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Torrontés, Verdejo, Verdoncho and Viognier.
– Reds: Bobal, Cabernet-sauvignon, Cabernet-franc, Coloraillo, Forcallat tinta, Garnacha tinta, Garnacha tintorera, Graciano, Malbec, Mazuela, Mencia, Merlot, Monastrell, Moravia agria, Moravia dulce or Crujidera, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Prieto picudo, Rojal tinta, Syrah, Tempranillo or Cencibel, Tinto de la pámpana blanca and Tinto Velasco or Frasco.