Thursday, March 24, 2011

Italian Wine DOCG News - Now up to "60"

...the latest news from "The Other Side"

Carnac the Magnificent. by Victor McCay
There is not enough coffee or amaro to make sense of the Byzantine arrangement that the Italian government has devised to anoint the latest DOCG wines in Italy. Back rooms, mind reading, herding cats, I have tried all techniques, and I know this will be an incomplete task. Someone will find something under a rock, in a river, inside a plastic bag at the bottom of the ocean. If you do, send it along and we will check it out, find a way to make sense of an ordering that has pretty must lost any significance. But like fantasy baseball, it does keep me off the streets in the darkest hours. So I guess one could say this quest to discern all the known DOCG wines of Italy has saved my life. That said, your guess is as good as mine, or Carnac the Magnificent’s. The envelope please:

The Newly Anointed "10"



DOCG "Lison", (a name derived from the historical DOC Lison-Pramaggiore)



Still waiting at the altar
· Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Casauria (or “Terre di Casauria”)
· Prosecco di Prosecco (political appointment for the town of Prosecco in Friuli)

So with ten (10) cats a herded, that would make the magic number, at this point in time and space a total of 59 (*with the proviso that the two in asterisks have not yet been published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale, so they are awaiting their "official" notification, which is somewhere down in the "administrative" queue) ...listing after the break

Complete (Provisional) Listing of Italian DOCG Wines (as of March 2011) : 59

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

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 (2)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit (including Picolit Cialla)

Lazio (1)
Cesanese del Piglio

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

Marche (5)
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona
Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva
Offida (new)

Piemonte (16)
Asti spumante - Moscato d'Asti
Barbera d'Asti
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
Barolo (Chinato, as well, falls under this DOCG)
Brachetto D'Acqui (or Acqui)
Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore (or Dogliani)
Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore
Gavi (or Cortese di Gavi)
Roero (Rosso & Bianco)
Erbaluce di Caluso (new)
Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato (new)
Alta Langa (new)
Dolcetto Diano d'Alba (new)

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 (11)
Bardolino Superiore
Recioto di Gambellara
Recioto di Soave
Soave Superiore
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
Asolo Prosecco Superior
Amarone della Valpolicella

Recioto della Valpolicella
Piave Malanotte (or Malanotte del Piave) (new)
Lison (new)
Colli Euganei Fiori d’Arancio (new)

Herding Cats by Graeme MacKay


Hoke Harden said...

Offida? Piave Malanotte?

Who knew?

Val said...

Was drinking a stunning Erbaluce di Caluso the other day thinking about this 'list' and couldn't remember if it was a DOCG or not ... and along comes this post.

...and just when I had 12 DOCGs of Piemonte memorized in alphabetical order (no, really - and don't ask why) they add 4 more.

This would have been a fun little topic last night as my former wine teacher and I were catching up over a fun little sparkling Nebbiolo (and who knew?)

Speaking of 'who knew' - "Offida?" was my next remark too - I'll be in Marche in a few weeks and it is now my mission to hunt it down. We didn't study the south too much last year so this will be a fun little adventure.

I love this list, Alfonso - thank you!

Wine Curmudgeon said...

Can you be knighted or something for all this effort, Alfonso? Or at least get another squirrel award?

tom hyland said...

Good work, Alfonso! This is as complete a list as there is - until the next DOCG addition, which could come along at anytime!

Alfonso Cevola said...

Thanks Tom:

Indeed... as we speak I am researching a possible "breach" in which a DOCG might have been lost (or "slipped" in)

There seems to be a question about the Friuli DOCG Picolit and whether or not there is another DOCG, the Picolit-Cialla. I have inquiries out and will get back to you all as soon as we have an answer

fredric koeppel said...

soon they'll be as many DOCGs in Italy as there are AVAs in California. Ever heard of Ben Lomand Mountain or Sloughhouse?

Alfonso Cevola said...

as a matter of fact (trivial though it may be) I was once a camp counselor near Ben Lomand at a camp for severely disable kids. So yes, I do know where Ben Lomand Mountain is.

Sloughhouse - Now that's an appellation I do not know

Warren said...

As a master of DOCG wines, perhaps you could point me in the right direction.

Where would I find food pairing information for each Italian DOCG wine?

I realize Italian DOCG has become a moving target. But there might be someone out there trying to keep up with the food side of the equation. Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

fredric koeppel said...

I bet Ben Lomand wasn't an AVA when you were there. Sloughhouse is in the Central Valley, which no longer gets an AVA to itself. Due to the wisdom of the TTB, there are many more obscure AVAs out there.

tom hyland said...


Yes, Colli Orientali del Friuli PIcolit-Cialla is a separate DOCG from Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit:

Does that make 60 DOCG?

Fred Nijhuis said...

There's another one coming up: Castel del Monte, Puglia's second.

There might /will be more, because last year there was a serious run on the DOCG-status. The reason is simple: as of 2011 they have to go to the EU for a DOCG in stead of the (assumed) less difficult Italian authorities.
For a country with the largest variety in grapes and regions it is not strange to have so many DOC(G)'s. There may be a lot DOC(G)'s in Italy, but France has some 450 AOC's.....
Fred Nijhuis

Alfonso Cevola said...

Actually Tom, what I am finding out is neither. The DOCG is Colli Orientali del Friuli of which Picolit and Picolit-Cialla are listed under that DOCG discipline.

As a journalist, you know never to trust just one source, especially a Wiki site

Thomas said...


At some point, it will be easier for you to list the non DOCGs, no?

On a serious note: has this nonsense reached diminishing return yet?

My verification word: suryp. Google can't spell...

Sgt Sassafras said...

way to go, Fonz, Eric the Red mentions you in the NY Times

Anonymous said...

Italy's wine czars are like the parents in Lake Wobegone...Good Gawd.

Alfonso Cevola said...

Warren -

Not sure I know where to send you on that one - as far me, this whole DOCG thing worn me out - I'm heading to my favorite place for some pizza and a beer!

Anonymous said...

Dear Alfonso,
the correct name of the DOCG is Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit.
Inside this DOCG there is the subzone Cialla, and the Picolit that is produced here, gains both the DOCG and the name Cialla, because of the subzone.
So, there is ONE DOCG.
If it isn't clear, please write me again!
Have a nice day!
Sabrina Costantini
Promozione & Comunicazione
Consorzio Tutela Vini
Colli Orientali del Friuli e Ramandolo
Via G.B. Candotti, 3 - 33043 Cividale del Friuli (UD)
Tel. +39 0432 730129 - Fax +39 0432 702924

Alfonso Cevola said...

Thanks, Sabrina. In case anyone was wondering, that's as "official" as it gets regarding the Picolit DOCG debate.

Calogero Mira said...

Thanks. Grazie.

w4e said...

Any words on the two new DOCG's? Frascati Superiore DOCG and Cannellino di Frascati DOCG, both in Latium. They showed up on the Guild of Sommeliers web page.

Alfonso Cevola said...

you need to catch up with the updates here

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