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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Wine / Oenology / Viticulture / Wine
Spanish term or phrase:referente internacional
La Asociación de Bodegas de Rioja Alavesa agrupa setenta bodegas de una prestigiosa Comarca ubicada al sur de Álava entre la Sierra de Cantabria y el Río Ebro, que con el tiempo se ha convertido en todo un referente internacional en el ámbito de la viltivinicultura.
The part I have trouble with is the "referente internacional" in the last sentence. Over time, this region has become an international (??? reference??? icon??) in the realm of vitiviniculture.
What would be the best word to put in that sentence?