DOCs & DOCGs Are Meaningless if Everyone Has One

Alfonso Cevola has posted an updated list of current DOCGs on his blog here.

Some very instructive news has come to my attention via the website Cronache di Gusto by Fabrizio Carrera who writes from Palermo.

As you can read here in a press release posted on the ministry’s website, I have discovered that Italy’s new agricultural minister, Saverio Romano, who is also from Sicily, and the National Wine Committee are doing “particularly splendid job during a period that has seen the prestige and value of our wines grow in the world. I’ve also learned that the ministry has approved yet another wave of new and useless DOCs and DOCGs, issued by the committee when it met on September 14 and 15.

According to the statement, the committee deliberated and approved “17 requests for accreditations and modifications for DOCG, DOC, and IGT appellation regulations in a variety of Italian regions. It has completed its operational program as established at the beginning of its mandate, complying with its institutional function with a concrete impact on the wine industry, a sector with major importance for the economy and culture of the country [Italy].”

In another press release issued by Fedagri-Confcooperative (the Italian confederation of farmers and farming cooperatives), “with these deliberations, the National Wine Committee has fulfilled its two-year task of reviewing and approving nearly 300 applications to change existing DOs [Protected Designations of Origin] and the accreditation of new IGTs, DOCs, and DOCGs.”

“An impressive accomplishment,” added the body’s president Maurizio Gardini, “under the able direction of [the committee’s] president Giuseppe Martelli.”

And so we can rest assured that no one has been denied a DOC or DOCG. Indeed, they have been handed out by the kilo, according to the “logic” (if it can be defined as such) that everyone is entitled to these designations. And its all thanks to the inestimable leader of Italian enology Giuseppe Martelli and Italy’s new agriculture minister, Saverio Romano, leader of the Populars of Italy Tomorrow party, who is currently under investigation for mafia association and corruption.

—Franco Ziliani


7 thoughts on “DOCs & DOCGs Are Meaningless if Everyone Has One

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  2. Once upon a time, DOCG classification was primarily reserved for the finest Italian wines, such as Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. However, those days are long gone and now this news cheapens what DOCG is all about.

    What is DOCG today? It’s a recipe, plain and simple. The wines could be great, average or mediocre. As always, if you want the best wines, look to the best producers.

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  4. it’s time to boycot Italian wine.
    I will definetaly not support the Maffia of Italy, this is a joke and Europe should step in.
    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Lambrusco shit becomes the next DOCG

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