Friday, June 4, 2010

New DOCG and DOC

Erbaluce di Caluso, soon to be DOCG
(Photo ©Tom Hyland)

Alfonso Cevola has been doing a superb job keeping track of all the DOCG wines in Italy. His most recently updated post (read here) has a total of 50 DOCG wines, which includes the most recent Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba in Piemonte and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata among others.

Other news on this front:

Erbaluce di Caluso, a wonderful white from the province of Torino in Piemonte will become DOCG as of the 2010 vintage. This was confirmed to me by Gian Luigi Orsolani, during my recent visit to his winery. Orsolani is one of the leading producers of this wine.

Dolcetto di Dogliani DOCG will now be referred to as Dogliani Classico.

Libero Rillo of Fontanvecchia in Campania, confirmed to me that Aglianico del Taburno in the province of Benevento, confirmed that the paperwork for DOCG has been filed and approved. Final details are being worked out regarding the starting date for Aglianico del Taburno DOCG.

And finally, there will be a new Alba Rosso DOC. The grape varieties will be 75%-80% Nebbiolo with 20-25% Barbera.

Off today to Puglia and Campania for nine days, so posts will continue upon my return.


  1. you write "Dolcetto di Dogliani DOCG will now be referred to as Dogliani Classico."

    listing as Dolcetto di Dogliani Classico DOCG or Dogliani Classico DOCG?

    thanks I will add the others to the new list I am compiling. appreciate it.

  2. Alfonso:

    Pietro Ratti - president of the Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe consorzio - addressed a group of journalists on this. He mentioned Dogliani Classico as the new DOCG designation as he said that Dolcetto di Dogliani will no longer be used. I think that answers your question.

    Happy to help - keep up the great work!

  3. thanks - they are snaking a mistake tyo eliminate the word Dolcetto, on a number of fronts. One is that people know Dolcetto, not Dogliani (predictable Italian insulated view of the world), but the other issue is the identity (and possible incursion by international grapes) into the mix.

    Very bad idea, if they really will only use the word Dogliani for their DOCG from Dolcetto grapes. Idiotic in fact. But hey, what do I know, I only have to try and sell the stuff?

  4. Alfonso:

    We are in total agreement on this!