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Category: News

Chianti Classico to Put New Vigor into Gran Selezione

Chianti Classico DOCG made a splash in 2014 when it introduced a unique quality level above Riserva called Gran Selezione. The new designation’s purpose was to distinguish some of the highest quality, most serious wines from the denomination and claim a secure spot in the luxury wine tier. The strategy was an earnest one and […]

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On the Horizon

This regularly 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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Napa and Montalcino Planning a Sister-City Connection

Montalcino, the source of Brunello di Montalcino, is in discussions with California’s Napa to become sister cities, forging a bond between two of the world’s most famous wine towns.

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Wine in the Year of Covid

OIV’s global wine report shows production was strong in 2020 while covid cut consumption and exports. And the idea of China as the savior for exporters now looks illusory.

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Raising the Bardolino: Three New Subzones for Bardolino Rosso

New rules for Bardolino DOC in April 2021 have introduced, among other innovations, three subzones for red Bardolino that will define a premier level of wines with longer aging and stricter requirements.

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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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First Estimates of 2020 Vintage Production

There had been speculation that 2020 would see disastrously low wine volumes, but initial estimates from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) say different.

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DOCG #76: Terre Alfieri

The most recent Italian wine region to achieve lofty DOCG status, in October 2020, is Terre Alfieri in Piemonte, a doppelgänger of Roero not far from Barolo.

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Rosy Future for Prosecco

It’s common for a sparkling wine region to make both white and rosé versions, but the world’s favorite, Prosecco, has only been white—until now.

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