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Wine Info
Classifications

Vini da Tavola must meet the following requirements:

They are anonymous wines in the sense that their labels may not mention:

However, the label must mention:

The following may also be included on the label:

 

IGT:  Indicazione Geografica Tipica

The geographical name may be that of a region, province or commune, or any other recognised geographical area. Under the production norms for this category, I.G.T. wines must:

The compulsory information on the label is the same as for Vini da Tavola, with the optional addition of the following:

 

DOC:  Denominazione d'Origine Controllata

The production norms state that D.O.C. wines must:

In addition to the standard terms required for the Vini da Tavola ad Indicazione Geografica Tipica (alcohol, volume, etc.), the label must indicate:

Further optional information which can be provided is the same as for I.G.T. wines. In addition, the following words can appear on the label:

Classico: A registered term which refers to wines made in the traditional centre of the production area

Superiore: A sub-category of wines within certain DOCs with a higher alcohol content

Riserva: Another sub-category of wines within certain DOCs with longer specified aging

DOC wines may carry the name of a particular vineyard or sub-zone of origin and the number of bottles produced in a single year. The name of the variety and the vintage is optional in some cases and compulsory in others.

 

DOCG:  Denominazione d'Origine Controllata e Garantita

The D.O.C.G. category is reserved for wines of particularly high quality which must meet the following requirements, in addition to those laid down in the D.O.C. norms:

The label carries the same wording as that required for a D.O.C. wine, except that the term "Denominazione d'Origine Controllata e Garantita" must be written in full.