Italy - Consumption production Italy great over achiever-60...

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1 Wines from Italy Consumption & production Italy great over achiever-60% size of France, 75% size of California, yet is the world’s largest wine producer, exporter and consumer Italy produces very little fine wine; small percentage is classified by law Regional and provincial wine identity mirrors history & politics Biggest exporter to US Introduction Consumption 24 gallons – 14.5 gallons Part of the meal, the life Hundreds of native vinifera grapes; varied soils and climates Last 15 years prices and quality have increased Introduction 900, 000 registered vineyards. Do not know exactly how many wines; are 1,000 documented grape varieties Wine classification: DOC DOC created in 1963 by San Paolo Desana Based on French Much needed structure 350 DOCs and country
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2 Laws Since the early Romans, Italy has had its wine laws In 1716, Grand Duke of Toscana proposed delimited wine zones In 1963 the Italian Parliament adopted the Demonazione di Origine law Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Established in 1980 Only 24 wines have been awarded DOCG status Rules and Regulations – Must be sold in bottles smaller than 1.25 gallon/5 liters – Official numbered tag must be placed on bottles – Lower yield; reduction in output – Required in-depth chemical analyses Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) Established in 1963 204 DOC Zones Each DOC controls the following aspects of wine
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