Category: Current

On the Horizon

This periodically updated post lists some of the more significant proposals for new official Italian wine-producing areas or changes to the rules of production for existing denominations.

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UGAs: How to Carve and Serve a Denomination

Unità geografiche aggiuntive (UGAs) are geographical subdivisions within denominations that you may see on labels. Here is a summary of what UGAs were, are, and are not.

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Canelli DOCG Spins Off from Asti DOCG

The Canelli subzone of Asti DOCG has been granted separate DOCG status for its Moscato d’Asti–style wines, becoming Piedmont’s 19th DOCG and Italy’s 77th.

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Chianti Classico Adopts Subareas and a New Blend

Chianti Classico DOCG has introduced UGAs that will soon be seen on many labels and will change the Sangiovese requirement for Gran Selezione.

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Abruzzo Denominations Introduce Subzones

The four region-level denominations in Abruzzo have each added four subzones and made a variety of other changes to their rules.

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Myriad Sources of Rosato Wines in Italy

Italy is a great source for rosato (pink) wine, drawing on Italy’s unparalleled wealth of grape varieties. Important areas of rosato winemaking include . . .

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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Proposes New “Pieve” Category

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is moving ahead with a proposal to establish a new “Pieve” tier above Riserva, tied to 12 subareas based on medieval parish boundaries.

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