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May 30, 2022 View:

Hearing on Sicilian wine label controversy postponed

Due to the epidemic, the hearing on the Sicilia wine label controversy scheduled for May 28 has been postponed to a date to be determined. The hearing will determine whether the Terre Siciliane IGT appellation of origin can use the names of the Nero d'Avola and Grillo grapes on its labels.

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In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture adopted regulations confirming that the Sicilian Appellation (Sicilia Doc) is the only appellation that can use the names of these two grape varieties on its wine labels, and that other appellations are not allowed to label their wines with the names of these two varieties. Other appellations are not allowed to label their wines with the names of these two varieties.

In 2019, the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio denied and rejected the regulation, holding that other Sicilian wines could be labeled with the two varietal names. However, the Sicilian Appellation (Sicilia Doc) asked Congress to suspend the ruling. The dispute is expected to be settled after the hearings.