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Category: News

Raising the Bardolino: Three New Subzones for Bardolino Rosso

New rules for Bardolino DOC in April 2021 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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Napa and Montalcino Planning a Sister-City Connection

Napa, in California’s Napa Valley, and Montalcino, the source of Brunello di Montalcino, are in discussions as of April 2021 to become sister cities, forging a bond between two of the world’s most famous wine towns.

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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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The Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Become a World Heritage Site

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” —UNESCO The terrain of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills is one of Italy’s key areas noted for “heroic viticulture” due to the challenges […]

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Tullum Becomes Italy’s 75th DOCG

Second DOCG for Abruzzo Posted July 10, 2019 The Abruzzese denomination Tullum, aka Terre Tollesi, has become the first Italian DOC to be elevated to DOCG status in 8 years, raising the count of DOCGs to 75. Tullum DOCG will primarily feature varietal wines made from red Montepulciano and whites Passerina and Pecorino. An obscure […]

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Report from Vinitaly 2017

The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, the world’s largest wine event (by at least some measures) and an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place (as always) in Verona, Italy, April 9–12. Vinitaly is part spectacle, part family reunion, part madhouse, part study hall, and entirely worth the price of admission. The scale of this […]

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