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From our friends at Wikipedia, some background on Italy's most-used quality assurance lables for wines:
These require that the wine, or other food product, be produced with the specific region using defined methods and that it satisfy a defined quality standard.
DOC — Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)
DOCG — Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed)
The need for a DOCG identification arose when the DOC designation was, in the view of many Italian food industries, given too liberally to different products.
A new, more restrictive identification was then created, as similar as possible to the previous one so that buyers could still recognize it, but qualitatively different.
A notable difference for wines is that DOCG labeled wines are analyzed and tasted by government–licensed personnel before being bottled. To prevent later manipulation,
DOCG wine bottles then are sealed with a numbered governmental seal across the cap or cork.
Italian legislation additionally regulates the use of the following qualifying terms for wines:
- Classico (classic): is reserved for wines produced in the region where a particular type of wine has been produced "traditionally". For the Chianti Classico, this "traditional region" is defined by a decree from July 10, 1932.
- Riserva (reserve): may be used only for wines that have been aged at least two years longer than normal for a particular type of wine.