Cont

Have any Questions?

Www.Distillery.Sale

May 30, 2022 View:

Italian wine regulations reworked

On September 11, the Italian government issued Decree No. 120 of 2020 to simplify and amend the existing Testo Unico Del Vino, a compendium of wine regulations.

Image from: Italian Wine Network

The Testo Unico Del Vino, a compendium of Italian wine regulations, was first promulgated in 2016 and has been in force since January 1, 2017. This "Compendium of Italian Wine Regulations" is like a charter for the Italian wine industry, covering all areas of grape harvesting, fermentation, wine labeling, supervision, certification of origin, use of common terminology, etc., touching on all areas of grape growing, wine making and distribution. Therefore, each time the content is revised, it is the focus of attention of the Italian wine industry.

This revision brings three major changes.

Raising the threshold for an application for upgrade from appellation d'Origine (DOC) to appellation d'assurance (DOCG).

Bringing forward the start of the legal grape harvesting season to July 15.

Removed the restriction that the Superiore and the Reserve Riserva cannot both be labeled on the wine label.

Change I

Raised the threshold for the application for upgrading of appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (DOC) to appellation d'Origine Guarante (DOCG).

In the future, for any Italian Appellation d'Origine (DOC) to apply for an upgrade to an Appellation d'Origine de Garantie (DOCG), the following four conditions must be met simultaneously.

1

More than 66% of the total number of wineries in the appellation have applied for appellation upgrades in the last two years

2

Within the last two years, wineries applying for appellation upgrades have owned more than 66% of the total vineyard area of the local appellation

3

The number of wineries participating in the application for appellation upgrade in the last five years is more than 51% of the total number of certified and bottling authorized wineries in the local appellation

4

The volume of DOC wines certified and bottled by the wineries participating in the application for appellation upgrade within the last five years accounts for more than 66% of the total DOC wines of the appellation

Prior to the amendment, the same application required only two conditions to be met.

1

More than half of the total number of wineries in the appellation have applied for appellation upgrades

2

Wineries applying for appellation upgrades have more than half of the total vineyard area of the local appellation

The change means that Italy will be more cautious about recognizing new DOCG appellations and that the Italian government will have stricter control over the wine industry, especially the boutique wine regions. It is widely believed that this change will be more effective in increasing the recognition of Italy's DOCG in the global market.

Change II

In the future, wineries and grape growers in Italy can start harvesting grapes from July 15. In contrast, the regulation before the amendment stipulated that the harvesting process of wine production could start as early as August 1 of the year.

In recent years, global warming has led to earlier grape ripening and harvesting than in the past. The earlier legal picking time is also in line with the trend of climate change and is considered a positive innovation by the industry.

Change III

The restriction that Superiore cannot be used in conjunction with Riserva has been removed from the labeling regulations (but the labeling is still subject to the production regulations of each appellation). However, the new regulation still specifies that Superiore cannot be labeled with Novello (new wine). In other words, Novello (new wine) in Italy will still not have the Superiore level.