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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FATTORIA DI POGGIOPIANO/GALARDI WINERY -- FIESOLE, ITALY -- PART 6


TUSCAN WINES TO DIE FOR -- WITHOUT EVEN 
HAVING TO JOURNEY TO THE CHIANTI REGION

IF YOU GO

http://www.poggiopiano.it/index.php?lang=eng&pag=home

Via dei Bassi, 13- Loc Girone, Fiesole

+39 055 6593020 

info@poggiopiano.it

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.

DOCDenominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)

DOCGDenominazione 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.

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