Monday, April 11, 2016

Italy 2016
Vino DOCG 2016

ISSUE DATE: 11 April 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 30 mm
 STAMP THEME: Sacra Spina di Andria
 STAMP DESIGN: Fabio Abbati, Tiziana Trinca, 
Giustina Milite, Gaetano Ieluzzo

This year stamp issue dedicated DOCG wines presented by Poste Italiane present following wines:

Barbera Del Monferrato Superiore DOCG
Brachetto D’acqui DOCG
Carmignano DOCG
Colli Di Conegliano DOCG
Conero DOCG 
Riserva Dogliani DOCG
Erbaluce Di Caluso DOCG
Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG 
Montello DOCG
Recioto Di Gambellara DOCG
Roero DOCG
Soave Superiore DOCG
Suvereto DOCG

DOCG is on of four official tiers of Italian wine classification:

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality. There are strict rules governing the production of DOCG wines, most obviously the permitted grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures and barrel/bottle maturation. Every DOCG wine is subject to official tasting procedures. To prevent counterfeiting, the bottles have a numbered government seal across the neck. 

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) is the main tier of Italian wine classification, and covers almost every traditional Italian wine style. There are around 330 individual DOC titles, each with a set of laws governing its viticultural zone, permitted grape varieties and wine style. Those which show consistently high quality earn promotion to DOCG status. 

IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) was introduced in 1992, to allow a certain level of freedom to Italy's winemakers. Prior to 1992, many wines failed to qualify for DOC or DOCG status – not because they were of low quality, but because they were made from grape varieties (or blends) not sanctioned under DOC/G laws. The IGT classification focuses on the region of origin, rather than grape varieties or wine styles. 

Vino da Tavola: means 'table wine' in Italian, and represents the most basic level of Italian wine. The Vino da Tavola category held a certain prestige in the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to experimental winemakers who produced top-quality (but unorthodox) wines under the title. This situation has gradually diminished, however, since the introduction of the IGT category with its more flexible production conditions, and Vino da Tavola has steadily returned to its original status as the lowest rung on Italy's wine quality ladder. 

Stamp images thanks to Poste Italiane