Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Growing Italian DOCG List ~ Now up to 51

From the "Say it isn't so" d├ępartement

The French would never do this. Only the Italians. Not that it matters to that many people, but to try and figure out how many Italian wine DOCG’s there really are has become a hobby for me. Yes, I have seen the Wiki DOCG entry, why can't those people even count the wines on their list? 44? Count the wines, people, I counted 47 on the list that they claimed were 44! They didn’t yet list Aglianico del Vulture (1), Elba Aleatico Passito (1) and Amarone della Valpolicella” and “Recioto della Valpolicella” (2). That would make 51! So what slipped in?

They have included a separate a listing for Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba and according to Sourcews Italia it is now also a DOCG.

Someone get in touch with those Wiki people and illuminate them, please!

The updated list after the break.

Complete Listing of Italian DOCG Wines (as of April 2010) : 51

Abruzzo (1)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "Colline Teramane"

Basilicata (1)
Aglianico del Vulture Superiore (new)

Campania (3)
Fiano di Avellino
Greco di Tufo

Emilia Romagna (1)
Albana di Romagna

Friuli-Venezia Giulia (2)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit

Lazio (1)
Cesanese del Piglio

Lombardia (5)
Oltrepo Pavese
Sforzato della Valtellina
Valtellina Superiore
Moscato di Scanzo (new)

Marche (4)
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona
Verdicchio di Matelica (new)
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico (new)

Piemonte (13)
Asti spumante - Moscato d'Asti
Barbera d'Asti
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
Barolo (Chinato, as well, falls under this DOCG)
Brachetto D'Acqui o Acqui
Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore o Dogliani
Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore
Gavi o Cortese di Gavi
Roero (Rosso & Bianco)
Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba (new)

Sardegna (1)
Vermentino di Gallura

Sicilia (1)
Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Toscana (8)
Brunello di Montalcino
Chianti Classico
Elba Aleatico Passito (new)
Morellino di Scansano
Vernaccia di S.Gimignano
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Umbria (2)
Montefalco Sagrantino
Torgiano Rosso Riserva

Veneto (8)
Bardolino Superiore
Recioto di Gambellara
Recioto di Soave
Soave Superiore
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (new)
Asolo Prosecco Superiore

Amarone della Valpolicella and 
Recioto della Valpolicella (2)


fabj said...

i need to get my diploma right away!!!otherwise i will get lost just by trying to keep track of the DOCG...When i graduated in 98 they only had 8!!!!
Thank you for the info....hope all is well

tom hyland said...


You are on top of this as always!
Part of the problem is the technicality of the definition. Just as you put Moscato d'Asti and Asti Spumante as one, so Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Prosecco Colli Asolani are being counted as one by some authorities.

So who's right? Or rather, is anyone wrong?

Alfonso Cevola said...

Which authorities are counting Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Prosecco Colli Asolani as one? In all my research, they are separate. But then again, those two areas speak different dialects, languages even. But if you do find a citing, do let me know and I will reference it here.

It's not as much a matter of who's right and wrong. Rather, what is accurate?


tom hyland said...

Yes, accuracy is important. You are sharp enough to list the DOCG for Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene as Superiore (also for Colli Asolani as well). This was done to empahasize this area as the original home of Prosecco, as that name had spread to other zones in Italy (Friuli) as well.

Unknown said...

as a person who believes in ample opportunity for all, i dream of the day when EVERY italian wine will be a DOCG. i may live to see it happen at the rate they're going now.

all it takes is a dream, some chutzpah, some persistence and a potful of gold.

Michele Connors said...

Where do you get your info? In my Associazione Sommelier class they told us to consult http://www.lavinium.com/ for the most up to date list, but they say 48. People that in June will be giving us an exam also said they hadn't heard that Amarone or Elba Aleatico had become a DOCG (WTF?!), and they recommend this site to us so....

Alfonso Cevola said...

well those people are misinformed or mentally lazy or just dont know how to find the information, on their own sites!

more info here'

Elba aleatico (on the Italian sommelier site, no less!)

Amarone (From Luca Zaia, is that enough of an authority for them?)

casa dolcetto said...

I think you might have missed Loazzolo in Piemonte, the smallest DOC Italy!

Alfonso Cevola said...

Casa Dolcetto:

This is a DOCG post, not DOC.

Valerie said...

Everytime I would read wine blogs and get confused about the up and coming DOCGs in Italy, my wine teacher would refer me to what he considers to be the end-all be-all of DOCG status in Italy:


Thank you for this post!

Alfonso Cevola said...

That's a pretty good map - thanks Valerie! More coming, btw

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