Ever wondered what the letters on your bottle of Italian wine mean? Here is everything you need to know about DOCG, DOC, and IGT.

You’ve likely picked up bottles of Italian wine that have been labelled DOCG, DOC, or IGT. These letters are part of the traditional Italian wine classification system.

To make matters a little more confusing Italian wines may also be labelled as DOP or IGP.

But what does it all mean?

Before 2009, Italy’s wines were classified into four groups, as illustrated in the pyramid below.

Italian wine quality pyramid
Italian Wine Quality Pyramid
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