Italian winemakers across the country are preparing to meet new “stream-lined” standards for DOC certification to be implemented this summer. Less rigid sample protocols and a new DOC certification “strip label” are among the most controversial elements in new legislation. VinoWire’s Franco Ziliani recently spoke to Barolo-producer Teobaldo Cappellano (above left), winemaker and owner of the eponymous winery and president of Vini Veri. Baldo (as he is known to his friends) has called for complete sampling of DOC and DOCG wines and the creation of commissions to re-taste the wines on the market. The following are his proposed changes to current legislation:
1) a return to the government reviewed packing list for the handling of grapes and bulk wine.
2) the creation of DOC and DOCG commissions to sample wines on the market.
3) a return to complete sampling only for DOCG wines instead of attestation.
4) mandatory prison-time for counterfeiters of strip labels.
5) the mandatory creation of a regional IGT for all regions and the following: