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July 22, 2014
Reading Italian Wine Labels: DOCG and DOC

Have you ever wondered what DOC and DOCG mean on Italian wine labels? Here’s your answer: DOC indicates wine that is “Vino a Denominazione di Origine Controllata,” which is the Italian answer to the French certification, AOC. In other words, DOC wines are produced in well-defined regions according to very particular rules that were designed to preserve traditional wine making practices in that region. “Vino a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita,” or DOCG, is a similar but even more highly regulated certification system that only represents a handful of Italian wines. DOCG wines are required to pass a taste test and growers are restricted in the amount of wine they can produce. These labels safeguard the authenticity of the wine inside the bottle and are a generally a good guide when you shop, but keep an eye out for the great wines that can sneak in under the radar!