DOCG wines in Tuscany

DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. This is the highest recognition that can be awarded to a wine. In order to qualify for this certification, wine producers must be strictly in line with rules governing every aspect of the wine making process. The DOCG recognition is only given to the very best wines in the country. To qualify, a wine must already have held the DOC certification for at least 5 years. There is a strict set of rules for the DOC recognition to be applied, checked and analyzed by a disciplinary board which cover every aspect of the wine making process. DOCG wines also have to undergo a chemical analysis during the production stage.

There are 33 DOCG wines in Italy in total, 6 of which are in produced in Tuscany (Chianti, Chianti Classico, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino nobile di Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano). Tuscany is second only to the region of Piedmont for the number of DOCG wines produced there.

Brunello is produced exclusively in the territory around the town of Montalcino, among agricultural lands of various origins that can be found in area of the valley. It is the most renowned enological treasure in an area that boasts a long wine-making tradition.

Montalcino, Bell Tower
Already appreciated in centuries past, wine production in this area of Tuscany is still made with the same traditional processes as years ago. It was only in the late 1800s that the first enological experiments were carried out to test the true quality of the wines made in the area. In these last few decades, together with the licensing of the DOCG certification (the first Italian wine which received it in 1980), Brunello production has been further refined to create a wine that is of great quality and international acclaim. Brunello is so loved that even the biggest stars of Hollywood are known to drink it with great pleasure. 
Brunello of Montalcino is made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes. The vines produce almost 8000 liter per hectare. According to DOCG regulations, Brunello wines cannot be put to the market until after five years since its production.

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