In a statement published yesterday on its website, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies has authorized the packaging of DOC wines in “alternative containers” other than glass, and “in particular in the so-called bag in box.” Wines labeled as “riserva” (reserve), “superiore” (superior), or “vigna” (vineyard or vineyard-site designation) may not be sold in a bag-in-box.
The use of bag-in-box packaging is prohibited for DOCG wines, according to the statement.
In the Italian appellation system, the acronym DOC denotes denominazione d’origine controllata or controlled origin designation. DOCG denotes denominazione d’origine controllata e garantita or controlled and guaranteed origin designation.
The ministry’s bag-in–box authorization was issued in response to a request by the Autonomous Regions and Provinces of Trent and Bolzano submitted in March 2008.