Wine Word of the Week: DOCG

By Kori ~ November 15th, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is DOCG.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is a legal category established in Italy in 1963 for its highest-quality wines, at the same time as its DOC was created, by law 930, as an Italian version of the French appellation controlee system. The express purpose of this category was to identify and reward the finest Italian wines, which were to be ‘guaranteed’ (the G), and not merely ‘controlled’.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
DOCG is a quality classification for wine in Italy. Wines at the DOCG level are at the top of the quality pyramid. Wines must have had DOC status for at least five years before they can be promoted to DOCG.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Layden Robinson | November 15th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Great info and great last name, Jancis! Cheers, Layden.

  2. Kori | November 16th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Thanks! You share a last name with one of the greats in the world of wine. Cheers!