Wine Word of the Week: IGT

By Kori ~ November 22nd, 2011.

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

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
IGT stands for Indicazione Geografica Tipica, a category of wines created in Italy by law 164 in 1992 as an approximate equivalent of the French vin de pays. EU law compelled Italy to bring its myriad esteemed, and often extremely expensive, wines selling as a vino da tavola under some sort of control since table wines are not technically allowed to show vintage, variety, or name of estate on the label. IGT was developed as a convenient safe haven for these rebels. …. The most common IGTs tend to be regional: Toscana, Umbria, and Sicilia, for example.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
IGT is a category of wine in Italy. It is the equivalent of the French vin de pays and allows wines such as the Super Tuscans to be elevated out of the table wine category.

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