The fourth section of the contentious-administrative chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid has upheld the appeal filed by the Generalitat and the Association of Producers of Cava de Requena against the claim of the regulatory council of the Denomination of Origin (DO) Cava de prevent sparkling wines made in the municipality of Requena from using said identification of their origin and has recognized the right of Valencian winemakers to use the name of the municipality of 'Requena' in the marketing of their sparkling wines.
The fundamental reason put forward is based on the supposed risk of confusion that its use can induce due to the existence of wines covered by the regulatory council of the Utiel-Requena Denomination of Origin that already use that name on their bottles, as has been indicated. the Generalitat Valenciana in a statement.
However, the TSJ of Madrid "absolutely" dismantles this thesis and points out that this coincidence is accepted by mutual agreement by the producers of the Requena cava and by the DO Utiel-Requena "without any problem having occurred".
Moreover, the court explicitly highlights the "peaceful coexistence" between the cavas from Requena and the wines from Utiel-Requena for almost 40 years "with the acquiescence of those responsible to ensure the quality of the products and the protection of the consumers". So much so, that the courtroom concludes by affirming that the recognition of Requena to designate said area of cava production is "the only option acceptable in Law".
After hearing the sentence, the Minister of Agriculture, Isaura Navarro, has indicated that it is "a great success" that allows us to "continue growing in the promotion of high-quality cava from Requena, our proximity brand".
"Let's hope that it will be one more shock in the face of its promotion on such important dates as the Christmas holidays, which will add to the promotional act that we already did last week with the 8th Brindis del Cava de Requena", he added.