DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) is the main tier of Italian wine classification, and covers almost every traditional Italian wine style. There are around 330 individual DOC titles, each with a set of laws governing its viticultural zone, permitted grape varieties and wine style. Those which show consistently high quality earn promotion to DOCG status (e.g. Soave DOC).
DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) is the highest level of Spanish wine classification, arguably alongside Vino de Pago Calificado. The term Calificada translates as 'qualified' or 'guaranteed' and implies a guarantee of high wine quality. Only two regions currently hold DOCa status for their wines: Rioja and Priorat.
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