The Piedmont Terre Alfieri wine region has just been promoted denominazione di origin controllata (DOC) to a denominazione di origin controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Wine region!
With this latest promotion, Italy now has 76 DOCGs. Terre Alfieri is the 18e such a region located in Piedmont - reinforcing Piedmont's “first place” status among the 20 Italian regions in terms of number of DOCGs (Veneto is the second, with a total of 14).
Terre Alfieri DOCG - located just east (and slightly north) of Roero DOCG - includes seven municipalities located in the province of Asti (Antignano, Celle Enomondo, Cisterna, Revigliasco, San Damiano, San Martino Alfieri and Tigliole) and four in the province of Cuneo (Castellinaldo, Govone, Magliano Alfieri and Priocca).
Terrie Alfieri DOCG produces two styles of wines: red wines made from Nebbiolo and white wines made from Arneis. These are the same two styles of wine that were previously made when the region was a DOC, and the same two that its neighbor - the Roero DOCG - produced. Some rules and regulations have been updated with the recent promotion to DOCG status, which now reflects the following standards:
- Terre Alfieri Arneis: minimum 85% Arneis, minimum 12% abv
- Terre Alfieri Arneis Superiore: minimum 85% Arneis, minimum 12.5% abv, minimum 6 months aging
- Terre Alfieri Nebbiolo: minimum 85% Nebbiolo, minimum 13% abv, minimum 4 months aging
- Terre Alfieri Nebbiolo Superiore: minimum 85% Nebbiolo, minimum 13.5% abv, minimum 1 year of aging (including 6 months in wood)
- Terre Alfieri Nebbiolo Riserva: minimum 85% Nebbiolo, minimum 13.5% abv, minimum 2 years of aging (including one year in wood)
The region, named after the noble Alfieri family who ruled these lands many generations ago, was first granted DOC status in 2009.
Welcome to the world, Terre Alfieri DOCG!
Note: As with all these updates, this change will need to go through EU approval; however, as the Italian government has given its approval, the changes can be implemented in the meantime. Most likely the Terre Alfieri DOCG will apply as soon as the wines of the 2020 vintage are released. If the EU does not approve the amendment, the regulation will be repealed (although this seems unlikely).
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