Argentina has won the right to continue labelling its wines La Rioja after a 12 year diplomatic and legal battle with the Spanish wine-producing region of the same name.
It was a Spaniard, Ramirez de Velazco, who in 1591 founded the city of Todos los Santos de la Nueva Rioja in Argentina and named it in homage of the region in Spain.
But in recent decades Spanish producers of La Rioja began to question whether their counterparts in Argentina should be allowed to use the name and so took court action.
However, Argentina’s Federal Administrative Court has thrown out the claim, ruling that the province differentiated its wines sufficiently. (4/5/2011).