Officials in the central region of Castilla-La Mancha have opened an investigation that could lead to a hefty fine for three large bodegas in that important wine-growing area.
The three bodegas, Félix Solís, José García Carrión and Navarro López, are behind some of the common labels seen on supermarket shelves.
Investigators at the regional Agriculture ministry think they may have been selling recently-made, young wines under the wrong category of ‘Reserva’ or ‘Crianza’. The classification of wine by age is taken very seriously by the industry and the bodegas have denied the accusation.
The investigation began after prosecutors received a complaint against Félix Solís for presumed fraud, misleading advertising and falsifying official documentation. Félix Solís said this week it had asked for independent audits by wine regulators but that this had always been rejected.