Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Italian DOCG List Update - 7 New Aspirants (58)

From the "wink and a nod" department

"Ain't nothing but a 'G' thang baby"

Runaway enthusiasm reigns in the Italian countryside, chasing the dream of the DOCG, even though it is pretty much irrelevant due to European Community changes, and the mandate to standardize the wine laws across the United States of Europe.

So here is the Quick and Dirty Update. SEVEN wines have either been given the green light for DOCG or they are on the fast track to DOCG status. As far as I know. And finding out can be anyone’s guess.

The SEVEN wines that I have found out, with a little help from Franco Ziliani, Tom Hyland, Luciano Pignataro, Strappo and a few other secret sources are:

  • Aglianico del Taburno
  • Erbaluce di Caluso
  • Fior d’Arancio (Colli Euganei Moscato)
  • Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Casauria (or “Terre di Casauria”)
  • Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale
  • Prosecco di Prosecco (political appointment for the town of Prosecco in Friuli)
  • Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato

One controversial appointment is the Prosecco di Prosecco, which has been proposed ( and is on the fast track to becoming DOCG). A couple of problems: the town of Prosecco is in Friuli. And the name Prosecco di Prosecco has been trademarked by a Conti Neri firm in the Veneto. This should be fun.

I’ll have a post down the road to elaborate, but for now read ‘em and weep. And for goodness sake if anyone has any other DOCG’s in waiting please don’t hesitate to chime in. NOT DOC’s though, just DOCG’s Read the post. D.O.C.G. , now @ 57 varieties, potentially.

Presenting the updated list, after the break.

Have a foggy day!

Complete (Potential) Listing of Italian DOCG Wines (as of November 2010) : 58

Abruzzo (2)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "Colline Teramane"
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "Casauria" or “Terre di Casauria”

Basilicata (1)
Aglianico del Vulture Superiore

Campania (4)
Fiano di Avellino
Greco di Tufo

Aglianico del Taburno (new)

Emilia Romagna (1)
Albana di Romagna

Friuli-Venezia Giulia (3)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit

Prosecco di Prosecco (proposed, but on the fast-track)

Lazio (1)
Cesanese del Piglio

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

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

Piemonte (15)
Erbaluce di Caluso (new)

Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato (new)
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

Puglia ~
now in "the club" (1)
Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale (new)

Sardegna (1)
Vermentino di Gallura

Sicilia (1)
Cerasuolo di Vittoria

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

Umbria (2)
Montefalco Sagrantino
Torgiano Rosso Riserva

Veneto (9)
Bardolino Superiore
Recioto di Gambellara
Recioto di Soave
Soave Superiore
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
Asolo Prosecco Superior
Amarone della Valpolicella 

Recioto della Valpolicella
Fior d’Arancio (Colli Euganei Moscato) (new)


Laura said...

Ma che bravo! So glad that someone is doing this though of course it should be Zaia. Grazie!

Frangipan said...

You have an interesting blog, I like the combination of pictures, stories and information.

tom hyland said...


Excellent work- glad someone is staying current on this!

I'm hearing rumors of another new DOCG for Puglia for some of the Castel del Monte wines, but I have yet to receive confirmation. If and when I do get that news, I'll pass it along.

Thanks for the shoutout!

croosadabilia. said...

nice post but
after seeing this beautiful hunnie above, who cares about this docgdoc mumbo-jumbo

brettthewinemaestro said...

Thanks for the Heinz (7 New Aspirants (57) ) list Alfonso, mention of Wink in the sub heading as well as the photo to enliven the morning.
As long as the pride of the elevation to the G suffix is used correctly by the wine producers, every little helps.

Thomas said...

Amazing how one picture can bump your hits...

Tracie P. said...

croosadabilia--i think the message is that she isn't just an underwear model, she cares about italian wine too.

Hande said...

I am sure you have seen these docs of the ministry?

Hande said...

Alfonso, I am an idiot - please feel free to delete/modify that comment to include the nicer version of the links:

Petrus Wistedt said...

Thanks very much. Your list is my most reliable source of the development in the DOCG-matter. VIS - Very Important Stuff
Actually I use it in my education for sommelier students in Sweden.
But the last post is a little bit unclear to me are these new 7 official yet or are they wannabies?
Thanks Peppe

Stefano Poggi said...

Sigh, when the number of DOCG's vastly outnumbers the numbers of varietals (based on French varieties) that most Americans (or Italians for that matter) can name....... well, it definitely provides job security for Italian Wine Educators......

What's next - SVDOCG (Superiore Vino Di Origine Controllata e Garantita)?

Alfonso Cevola said...

I believe the next step will be Denominazione di Origine e Garantita Superiore, Stefano.

Ya feel me, D.O.G.S.?

Léon said...

Interesting blog.

And in Piemonte even a DOCG sparkling wine, traditional method, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir (90+%) is about to appear. DOCG ALTA Langa.

jamest said...

Thanks for the update. Know how hard finding accurate info on DOCG's can be. Appreciate your keeping us informed. Would love to know those secret sources.

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