Riesi DOC

See Sicilia map, ref #19
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 2001
Vineyard Area: 20 ha / 50 acres (2014)
Production: 235 hl / 2,620 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Chardonnay
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Syrah
Styles and Wine Composition:
WHITE WINES
  • Bianco (Wh): Minimum 75% Ansonica (locally Insolia) and/or Chardonnay + OANWG
  • Chardonnay (Wh): Minimum 85% Chardonnay + OANWG
  • Insolia (Wh): Minimum 85% Ansonica + OANWG
ROSATO WINES
  • Rosato (Ro): 50–75% Nero d’Avola (aka Calabrese); 25–50% Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Nerello Mascalese; maximum 25% OANRG
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Nero d’Avola + OANRG
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Sauvignon + OANRG
  • Merlot (Rd): Minimum 85% Merlot + OANRG
  • Nero d’Avola (Rd): Minimum 85% Nero d’Avola + OANRG
  • Syrah (Rd): Minimum 85% Syrah + OANRG
  • Novello (Rosso)
  • Superiore (Nero d’Avola)
  • Superiore Riserva (Nero d’Avola)
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante (WhSp): Minimum 75% Ansonica and/or Chardonnay + OANWG
DESSERT AND SPECIALTY WINES
  • Vendemmia Tardiva (WhSw): Minimum 75% Ansonica and/or Chardonnay + OANWG

Significant Production Rules:
  • For Vendemmia Tardiva, grapes cannot be harvested until after October 10
  • 40% of grapes for Novello must undergo carbonic maceration
  • Minimum alcohol level: 8.0% for Vendemmia Tardiva (18.0% potential); 10.5% for Spumante; 11.0% for Bianco, Insolia, and Rosato; 11.5% for Chardonnay, Rosso, Nero d’Avola, and Novello; 12.0% for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah; 13.0% for Superiore and Superiore Riserva
  • Residual sugar: Minimum 120 g/l (12.0%) for Vendemmia Tardiva
  • Aging: For Bianco, white varietals, and Rosato, minimum approx. 4 months (ERD = February 1, V+1); for Rosso and red varietals, minimum approx. 5 months (ERD = April 1, V+1); for Vendemmia Tardiva, minimum approx. 2 years (ERD = November 1, V+2); for Superiore, minimum 2 years, including 6 months in barrel (ERD = November 10, V+2); for Superiore Riserva, minimum 3 years, including 12 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle (ERD = November 10, V+3)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 11/30/2011