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Category: News

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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Napa and Montalcino Reportedly 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

“Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” —UNESCO

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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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