Category: News

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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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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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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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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Pignoletto DOC Takes the Stage

Posted December 4, 2014 Quick quiz. Pignoletto is: A. An opera by Giuseppe Verdi B. A fairy-tale puppet that magically becomes a little boy C. A sketch from The Muppet Show D. An Italian grape variety The correct answer is none of the above. Until very recently, Pignoletto was the name of a white grape […]

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News Brief: Barolo and Barbaresco Now Belong to the World

Posted June 23, 2014 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) on June 22, 2014, added Barolo and Barbaresco to the list of World Heritage sites. The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy) joins about 1,000 other sites around the world that are recognized by UNESCO for their “outstanding universal value.” […]

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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione — Now Official

Posted February 17, 2014 The anticipated new premium level for the wines of Chianti Classico DOCG — Gran Selezione (Great Selection) — has cleared its final hurdle and is now officially part of the Chianti Classico portfolio. Gran Selezione is a new classification above Riserva, made using grapes harvested only from the winery’s own vineyards, […]

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