An important part  of Scents of Italy mission, is to introduce and help wine Buyers, from all over the world, to know more about Italian wines and production areas.  Italy is Country with enormous differences between territories.    From the Alps to Sicily  temperatures, clima and ground  change completely, as well as the morphology of the country.     In the same way change the organoleptic components of wines. However, what all our wines have in common,  is our culture, which comes from thousands of years of history and our great attention to production.
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A  few info about Italian wines and their classifications.

You may have seen the letters DOCG or IGT on Italian wine labels.    They are part of the Italian wine classification system, which shares similarities with the French AOC appellation system.      Since its launch in the early 1960s, Italy’s system has undergone several key updates and refinements. The modern-day hierarchy has three tiers:

  • PDO (Protected Designation of Origin: DOC & DOCG)
  • IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)
  • VdT (Vino da Tavola)


 ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita’

The first few DOCGs were introduced in 1980, and today there are still relatively few; just 77 across Italy. A DOCG has stringent quality controls in place, although these can only be compared to its previous DOC status rather than to other DOCs. All wines undergo analysis and testing by a government-approved panel.    Wines bottled under a DOCG are required to include a status label on the neck: pink for red wines and green for white wines.


 ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata’

There are currently more than 330 DOCs in Italy, and they represent the core of quality Italian wine. Like with DOCG, rules on winemaking are strict and are based on geographical areas, and undergo analysis and testing by a government-approved panel.   It is a misnomer that DOC is inherently inferior to DOCG.


 ‘Indicazione Geografica Tipica’

Created in 1992, IGTs were intended to provide a tier above the basic Vino da Tavola (VdT) for quality wines that didn’t meet the regulations for DOC or DOCG.   Today, the IGT classification is home to wines made in a more ‘international’ style, eschewing some of the traditional winemaking methods and grape variety stipulations set down by DOCs and DOCG regulations.   A wide range of quality and prices is represented, and there are currently more than 120 IGTs in Italy.

Here below the list of Italian DOCG wines.

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