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What’s up DOC? What’s the difference between DOC and DOCG status in Italy?

First there was D.O.C, a quality indicator awarded from the Italian government to appellations of superior quality in the 1960s. D.O.C.G was later established as a means of establishing a more elite tier of appellations through stricter growing and vinification guidelines. Both Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo come to mind as examples of the special status. Smaller yields and having to pass the wines through a government-sponsored committee are some of the quality measures enforced by the D.O.C.G. designate. Click the above glossary term for more information.

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