Garda DOC

Garda See Lombardia map, ref #6, and Veneto map, ref #11

Note: The Classico subzone of this denomination has been removed from the disciplinare and will become part of the Riviera del Garda Classico DOC in 2017.

Region: ,
History: Established as a DOC in 1996; subzone Classico became part of Riviera del Garda Classico DOC in 2017
Vineyard Area: 804 ha / 1,986 acres (2014)
Production: 33,700 hl / 374,200 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Cortese, Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano, Welschriesling (Riesling Italico)
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Corvina, Marzemino, Merlot, Pinot Nero
Styles and Wine Composition:
WHITE WINES
  • Bianco (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): Minimum 50% Chardonnay, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, and/or Trebbiano (di Soave and/or Toscano) + OANG
  • Chardonnay (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): Minimum 85% Chardonnay + OAWG
  • Cortese (Wh): Minimum 85% Cortese + OAWG
  • Garganega (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): Minimum 85% Garganega + OAWG
  • Pinot Bianco (Wh): Minimum 85% Pinot Bianco + OAWG
  • Pinot Grigio (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): Minimum 85% Pinot Grigio + OAWG
  • Riesling (Wh): Minimum 85% Riesling and/or Welschriesling (aka Riesling Italico) + OAWG
  • Sauvignon (Wh): Minimum 85% Sauvignon Blanc + OAWG
  • Dual varietals (Wh): Chardonnay, Cortese, Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or Sauvignon: 50–84% of first-named variety; 16–50% of other variety
  • Dual varietals (WhFr): Chardonnay, Garganega, or Pinot Grigio: 50–84% of first-named variety; 16–50% of other variety
ROSATO WINES
  • Rosato or Rosè (RoFr, RoFrSw): Minimum 50% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Corvina, Merlot, and/or Pinot Nero + OANRG
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 50% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Corvina, Merlot, and/or Pinot Nero + OANRG
  • Cabernet (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and/or Carmenère + OARG
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Sauvignon + OARG
  • Corvina (Rd): Minimum 85% Corvina + OARG
  • Marzemino (Rd): Minimum 85% Marzemino + OARG
  • Merlot (Rd): Minimum 85% Merlot + OARG
  • Pinot Nero (Rd): Minimum 85% Pinot Nero + OARG
  • Dual varietals (Rd): Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina, Marzemino, Merlot, or Pinot Nero: 50–84% of first-named variety; 16–50% of other variety (“Cabernet” can mean any proportions of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and/or Carmenère)
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 50% Chardonnay, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, and/or Trebbiano + OANG
  • Pinot Grigio Spumante (WhSp): Minimum 85% Pinot Grigio + OAWG
  • Rosato or Rosè Spumante (RoSp): 50% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Corvina, Merlot, and/or Pinot Nero + OANRG
DESSERT AND SPECIALTY WINES
  • Passito Bianco (Wh, WhSw): Minimum 50% Chardonnay, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, and/or Trebbiano + OANG
  • Passito Rosso (Rd, RdSw): Minimum 50% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Corvina, Merlot, and/or Pinot Nero + OANRG

Significant Production Rules:
  • Spumante wines may undergo second fermentation either in bottles (Metodo Classico) or in autoclaves (Charmat)
  • Grapes for Passito must be dried to achieve a minimum potential alcohol level of 14% and cannot normally be pressed before November 15
  • Minimum alcohol level: 10% for frizzante wines (10.5% potential); 10.5% for still white varietals and Marzemino; 11.0% for Bianco, Pinot Nero, and Charmat Spumante; 11.5% for Rosso, Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina, and Merlot; 12.0% for Metodo Classico Spumante and Riserva; 12.0% for Passito (14.0% potential)
  • Residual sugar: Metodo Classico Spumante can range from brut nature (zero dosage) to extra dry; tank-method (Charmat) Spumante can range from brut nature (zero dosage) to demisec
  • Aging: For Passito, minimum approx. 10 months (ERD = September 1, V+1)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 04/06/2017

Note: Prior to 2017, Bianco was a Riesling-based wine.