Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Italy and Germany Wine Law Changes

The Guild of Sommeliers has published a list of 2011 worldwide wine law changes and I have obtained their permission to reproduce it on this blog.  2011 French wine law changes were covered in a prior post.  This post covers Italian and German wine law changes implemented in the same time period. 

The following new DOCG zones were formally approved in 2011:
  • Veneto: Montello Rosso, Friularo di Bagnoli, Colli di Conegliano
  • Toscana: Rosso della Val di Cornia, Suvereto, Montecucco Sangiovese, Elba Aleatico Passito
  • Puglia: Castel del Monte Bombino Nero, Castel del Monte Nero di Troia, Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva, Tavoliere delle Puglia
  • Marches: Offida
  • Lazio: Frascati Superiore, Cannellino di Frascati
  • Fruili: Rosazzo
  • Emilia-Romagna: Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto
  • Campania: Aglianico del Taburno
In Asti DOCG, three legal subzones now exist: Canelli, Strevi, and Santa Vittoria d'Alba.  All three subzones only produce Moscato d'Asti.  Maximum pressure for Moscato d'Asti has been raised to 2 atmospheres.  Moscato d'Asti late harvest (Vendemmia Tardiva) wines may be produced.

VDP Erste Lage sweet wines may be released on May 1 of the year following the harvest.  Grosses Gewächs dry whites are not released until September 1.

New World 2011 wine law changes will be covered in my next post.

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