By Kori ~ February 26th, 2009.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is estate bottled.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Estate bottled is a term used on labels which has a very specific meaning in the United States, where an estate-bottled wine must come from the wineryâ€™s own vineyards or those on which the winery has a long lease; both vineyards and winery must be in the geographical area specified on the label.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Estate bottled means that the vineyard where the grapes were grown and the winery where the wine was produced are located in the same viticultural region and the winery either owns or has direct control of the vineyard.
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