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Article 17 h) 2º of Act 6/2015, of 12 May 2015, on Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications of supra-regional territorial scope includes, among the functions of the management body, with respect to the provisions of articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to adopt, in the terms provided for in the Common Agricultural Policy and within the framework of the applicable specifications, for each season, according to criteria of defending and improving quality, the maximum limits of production and processing or the authorisation of any aspect of annual situation that may influence these processes.
The Designation Specifications of the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja, PDO-ESA0117, is the mandatory document for operators under the DOCa Rioja, which sets out that the Control Board will determine the Harvest Season Standards. The standards ensure wine quality optimisation, proper use of Grape Grower’s Cards and compliance with both maximum permitted production and maximum grape-to-wine ratios for each harvest.
For its part, the aforementioned Act 6/2015, in its article 21, provides that operators, in each and every one of the production and processing stages, must set up a documented system of self-control of the operations of the production process carried out under their responsibility, in order to comply with the provisions of the respective specific legislation and ensure compliance with the specifications of the products as well as any other provision that may be applicable.
By virtue of the precepts set forth, and in accordance with the decision of the Control Board Plenary of 24 July 2017, the following Harvest Season Standards have been adopted:
In case of loss of the card, its owner must notify the Control Board forthwith.
The Control Board may update the card information at any time, by virtue of the changes that may affect the Register of Vineyards whose information supports the card.
Logroño, 24 July 2017.
Fernando Salamero Laorden
PARAMETERS REGARDING HARVESTING AND WINEMAKING IN FORCE IN THE DOCa. RIOJA
ANNEX II a)
ANNEX II b)
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