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Category: Articles

Tullum Becomes Italy’s 75th DOCG

Tullum, aka Terre Tollesi, in 2019 became the second DOCG in Abruzzo and the 75th in Italy. It features red wines made from Montepulciano and whites from Passerina and Pecorino.

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Profile: Soave

Soave DOC is Veneto’s most prestigious denomination for still white wine, made primarily from Garganega. This post provides an overview of the denomination.

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Profile: Lugana

Lugana DOC is a small denomination in both Lombardy and Veneto, producing only white wines from the high-quality Turbiana variety. This post provides an overview of Lugana.

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Report from Vinitaly 2017

The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place in Verona, April 9–12, 2017. The scale of this event is mind-boggling for first timers.

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Trends in Italian Wine Law in 2016

For years, the main trend in Italian denominations has been to go smaller. It seems that in 2016, the opposite has become popular: creating larger denominations out of smaller areas.

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DOC #334: Friuli

There have long been six denominations in Friuli–Venezia Giulia that include the word “Friuli” in their name. Now there is one denomination to rule them all.

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Report on Vinitaly 2016

For the 50th year in a row, Vinitaly, the world’s largest wine trade fair, convened in Verona, Italy, last month. What did you miss, and why should you consider going next year? Vinitaly is no longer merely a gathering of 4,100 exhibitors, spread out over a million square feet of floor space, showing their wines […]

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New Rules for Montalcino

Posted November 2, 2015 Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino Tighten Their Regulations Brunello di Montalcino, already among the highest-quality wine denominations in Italy, is updating its disciplinare (the rules governing wine production) to ensure that quality in the production zone remains at a level that will continue to justify its lofty reputation and price. New […]

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Italy Again Tops in Wine Production

2015 a Good Vintage in Italy After a forgettable 2014 harvest in many regions of Italy, the 2015 vintage is a welcome arrival. Rain and cool weather at inopportune times during the 2014 growing season shaved almost 20% off the quantity that was produced in 2013’s bumper crop. Now, with fine summer and fall weather […]

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