The playing field of Italian wine denominations was remarkably quiet for two years after the riotous commotion that led up to the shift of control over wine legislation from Rome to the European Community (see related article). However, a slow simmer of activity returned last year with an increasing number of minor corrections and additions to the denominations’ governing disciplinari (wine rules). Then finally in late 2013, the first new EU-approved denominations appeared with little fanfare.
There have been two new-but-not-really-new DOCs added to the list so far. The first came in November, when the cumbersome Barco Reale di Carmignano / Rosato di Carmignano / Vin Santo di Carmignano / Vin Santo di Carmignano Occhio di Pernice DOC split in two, becoming the Barco Reale di Carmignano and Vin Santo di Carmignano DOCs. The second appeared just before Christmas, when the Sassicaia subzone of the Bolgheri DOC was elevated to its own denomination as the Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC.