Menfi DOC

Menfi See Sicilia map, ref #11
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1995
Vineyard Area: 92 ha / 227 acres (2014)
Production: 100 hl / 1,110 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Damaschino, Fiano, Grecanico Dorato, Grillo, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Aglianico, Alicante, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frappato, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Perricone, Petit Verdot, Pinot Nero, Syrah
Styles and Wine Composition:
WHITE WINES
  • Bianco (Wh): Minimum 60% Ansonica (locally Inzolia), Catarratto, Chardonnay, Grecanico Dorato, and/or Grillo + OAWG
  • Ansonica or Inzolia (Wh): Minimum 85% Ansonica + OAWG
  • Catarratto (Wh): Minimum 85% Catarratto + OAWG
  • Chardonnay (Wh): Minimum 85% Chardonnay + OAWG
  • Chenin Blanc (Wh): Minimum 85% Chenin Blanc + OAWG
  • Damaschino (Wh): Minimum 85% Damaschino + OAWG
  • Fiano (Wh): Minimum 85% Fiano + OAWG
  • Grecanico (Wh): Minimum 85% Grecanico Dorato + OAWG
  • Grillo (Wh): Minimum 85% Grillo + OAWG
  • Moscato Bianco (Wh): Minimum 85% Moscato Bianco + OAWG
  • Pinot Grigio (Wh): Minimum 85% Pinot Grigio + OAWG
  • Sauvignon (Wh): Minimum 85% Sauvignon Blanc + OAWG
  • Vermentino (Wh): Minimum 85% Vermentino + OAWG
  • Viognier (Wh): Minimum 85% Viognier + OAWG
  • Dual varietals (Wh): Combinations of two of the above varieties are permitted: Maximum 85% of first-named variety; minimum 15% of second variety
  • Superiore (Bianco, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Fiano, Grecanico)
ROSATO WINES
  • Rosato (Ro): Minimum 60% Alicante, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Perricone, and/or Syrah + OARG
  • Varietals (Ro): Minimum 85% Aglianico, Alicante, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frappato, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Petit Verdot, Pinot Nero, or Syrah + OARG
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 60% Alicante, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Perricone, and/or Syrah + OARG
  • Aglianico (Rd): Minimum 85% Aglianico + OARG
  • Alicante (Rd): Minimum 85% Alicante + OARG
  • Alicante Bouchet (Rd): Minimum 85% Alicante Bouchet + OARG
  • Cabernet Franc (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Franc + OARG
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Sauvignon + OARG
  • Frappato (Rd): Minimum 85% Frappato + OARG
  • Merlot (Rd): Minimum 85% Merlot + OARG
  • Nerello Mascalese (Rd): Minimum 85% Nerello Mascalese + OARG
  • Nero d’Avola (Rd): Minimum 85% Nero d’Avola (aka Calabrese) + OARG
  • Perricone (Rd): Minimum 85% Perricone + OARG
  • Petit Verdot (Rd): Minimum 85% Petit Verdot + OARG
  • Pinot Nero (Rd): Minimum 85% Pinot Nero + OARG
  • Syrah (Rd): Minimum 85% Syrah + OARG
  • Dual varietals (Rd): Combinations of two of the above varieties are permitted: Maximum 85% of first-named variety; minimum 15% of second variety
  • Riserva (Rosso, Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Syrah)
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 60% Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Grillo, and/or Grecanico Dorato + OAWG
  • Spumante Varietals (WhSp, WhSpSw): Same as Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grecanico, or Moscato
  • Spumante Rosato (RoSp): Minimum 85% Frappato, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, and/or Pinot Nero + OARG
DESSERT AND SPECIALTY WINES
  • Vendemmia Tardiva (Wh, WhSw): Minimum 60% Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Grillo, and/or Grecanico Dorato + OAWG
  • Passito Bianco (Wh, WhSw): Minimum 60% Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Grillo, and/or Grecanico Dorato + OAWG
  • Passito Rosso (Rd, RdSw): Minimum 60% Alicante, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Perricone, and/or Syrah + OARG

Significant Production Rules:
  • Minimum alcohol level: 10.5% for Sauvignon; 11.0% for Grecanico, Grecanico Spumante, Vendemmia Tardiva (15.0% potential), and Passito (16.0% potential); 11.5% for Bianco and all non-Superiore white varietals except Grecanico and Sauvignon, Rosato and rosato varietals, Rosso, and Rosso Riserva, and all spumanti except Grecanico and Rosato; 12.0% for Superiore, all red varietals, and all red riservas
  • Residual sugar: Spumante wines can range from extra brut to dolce (all white versions) or from extra brut to abboccato (Rosato)
  • Aging: For Superiore, minimum 1 year (ERD = November 1, V+1); for Riserva, minimum 2 years (ERD = November 1, V+2)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 10/10/2014

Note: The disciplinare was changed significantly in 2014, adding Superiore, Rosato, Spumante, and Passito categories, along with numerous varietals, and deleting the subzones Bonera and Feudo dei Fiori.