Understanding Italian wine labelling terms and mandatory labelling requirements.

Italian wine label

EU wine law requires the following information on wine labels.

  1. Name of the appellation. It could be a place (Barolo) or a combination of grape and place (Barbera d'Alba) or a region/sub-region (Grechetto Umbria IGT).
  2. Name of the quality designation (DOCG, DOC, IGT). DOP can replace the DOCG and DOC category; IGP can replace the IGT category.
  3. Country of origin.
  4. The year of the vintage. This is mandatory for all DOCG and DOC (DOP) wines. Sparkling and fortified versions do not need to show the vintage.
  5. Name and location of
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