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Italy & Wine
Regions, Classifications & Varietals

Italy & Wine

Italy & Wine

This one small country contains an overwhelming diversity of natural features—an immense coastline, three major mountain ranges, foothills, and relatively little flat land.

Hover over the map or use the key to see our Italy wine regions and estates. Explore which wines are produced here and where our estates are located.

Valdobbiadene

Delle Venezie

Fruili

Orvieto

Orvieto Classico

Montepulciano

Montalcino

Chianti

Chianti Classico

Piedmont

Valdobbiadene
Delle Venezie
Fruili
Orvieto
Orvieto Classico
Montepulciano
Montalcino
Chianti
Chianti Classico
Piedmont

Valdobbiadene:

Prosecco

Delle Venezie:

Lumina Pinot Grigio

Fruili:

Il Ducale Pinot Grigio

Orvieto:

Orvieto Classico

Orvieto Classico:

Orvieto Classico

Montepulciano:

Greppone Mazzi Greppone Mazzi

Montalcino:

Lodola Nuova

Chianti:

Chianti DOCG Gretole

Chianti Classico:

Riserva Ducale Poggio Casciano

Piedmont:

Moscato d'Asti
Verdello Sangiovese Sangiovese Grosso Canaiolo Canaiolo Bianco Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Colorino Glera Grechetto Merlot Moscato Bianco Pinot Grigio Procanico

Italian Wine Classifications:
IGT, DOC and DOCG

All Italian wines are assigned to one of four government-regulated classifications. The three regulated categories become increasingly strict, with IGT being the most lenient to give winemakers flexibility, and DOCG being the most controlled. The fourth category, table wine, is unregulated. Ruffino makes no wine in this unregulated category.

Italian Wine Classifications:<br>IGT, DOC and DOCG

IGT

Typical geographical place

The IGT classification includes wines that are typical to a large geographic area (for example, Tuscany) by way of color, grape varieties and/or wine type. Growers must apply for IGT status and wine labels must declare a specific region. IGT wines are subject to some production limitations, but no taste or quality tests are required.

DOC

Controlled (or protected) place of origin

The DOC classification includes wines from specified grape varieties in officially designated and registered geographic areas. Producers in each region determine the regulations, which cover every phase of grape-growing and winemaking including origin of the fruit, grape varieties, production methods, wine color, aromas and flavors. The government oversees the regulations, but no taste or quality tests are required.

DOCG

Controlled and guaranteed place of origin

The DOCG classification is the most stringent. It requires producers to control and guarantee everything that is claimed on the wine label. Sample lots must be approved by a tasting panel of experts. DOCG wines are also subject to legal analysis at any time.