Italian Wines Denominations
DOCG means Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin.
DOC means Denomination of Controlled Origin.
IGT means Typical Geographical Indication.
All are types of denomination used for wines and which fall under the umbrella of European Denomination DOP (Protected Designations of Origin), in use in 2009. From that year the acronyms DOCG , DOC and IGT are considered “traditional terms” and can still be reported in the labels of wines in place of the official mention PDO, as in most cases.
In Italy we have the largest number of wines and agri-food products with denomination of origin and geographical indication (PDO and PGI) recognized among all the countries of the European Union. This is evidence of the strong bond that binds Italian excellences to their territories of origin, but it is also proof of the high quality of our products. The system of PDO and PGI designations of origin stimulates the production organization and the economy of the territory, to achieve excellence and protect the environment, because it requires the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity. Consumers find greater guarantees in products with designation of origin, thanks to the higher level of traceability and safety than products without designation.