Saturday, October 10, 2009

How many Verdicchio DOCG's are there?

The latest news from the Marche is that Verdicchio has been awarded a DOCG. The wines that fall under this category are:
  • Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva (one DOCG)
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva. (One DOCG)

The question is: Does each Verdicchio wine have it's own DOCG or do they fall under a Verdicchio DOCG category? (There are two)

Prosecco has two DOCG's

Tuscany has these two DOCG's for

  • Chianti and

  • Chianti Classico
So I am searching for the answer, because there obviously isn't a pattern in Italy about these things

Until we find out, the DOCG list is either 46 or 48. (47)

And for those curmudgeons who say : Why is this important?

my answer is this: because sommeliers studying for their tests want and need this information.

Anyway, it is kind of fun trying to figure a way through the labyrinth of Italian wines on that (or any) level.

But if anyone finds out about the Marche designation and how it is broken down, please comment. Inquiring minds want to know.

Grazie 1000!


Alfonso Cevola said...

So, as I understand it we now have two DOCG's for Verdicchio

Matelica and

And that would leave us with 47 DOCGS's (for now)

this has been reported by DoBianchi

Grazie, Dottore!

Unknown said...

As they told us in the Advanced, if the Court doesn't know what the rules are they aren't likely to ask about them. There will be a lot of settling out with all the EU stuff. In the meantime pretty much every noteworthy law change/new AOC/DOCG/AVA shows up on the boards of the Guild.

Alfonso Cevola said...

Thanks for the info Scott. From the folks I have been talking to, many of them are puzzled as to where they can access legitimate data on DOCG's. Most Italians don't even know.
Hence this crusade for clarity.

Unknown said...

We appreciate your tireless efforts in this pursuit. I was actually surprised how little there was from Italy on the exam. NZ, S. Africa, plenty of Australia. Maybe this is the reason.

Alexil28 said...

So, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva are one DOCG

I thought they were two separate DOCG like Chianti and Chianti Classico.

Alfonso Cevola said...

From DoBianchi:"The Jesi Classico is a "sub-designation" within the Jesi appellation (and so does not count as an independent DOCG)."

Similarly, Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva share the same DOCG.

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