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ALTERATION TO THE DOGLIANI DOCG 2011 REGULATIONS


Dogliani DOCG and Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC: a single set of rules

The substantial alteration to the regulations is the granting of the DOCG appellation to all the vineyards on the Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC register and, consequently, the joining of the two Dolcetto wine types- Dogliani DOCG and Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC- under one single Dogliani DOCG set of regulations. What was once labeled under the Dogliani DOCG appellation is now Dogliani superiore DOCG and what was once labeled under the Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC appellation is now Dogliani DOCG.

This choice resulted from the producers’ five-year experience with the DOCG appellation in the production zone and from the wine’s rules and regulations according to which both the DOCG and DOC appellations are placed at the top of the national ranking system. This choice, made in 2005, merely underlined the fact that Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC could not be classified as a secondary wine, but as a different expression of the wine which was being granted, under the law, a status equal to that of the DOCG. It was, thus, only natural that the two wines would be governed by the same set of rules as soon as the time was ripe.
Even from the legislative standpoint, it was quite puzzling to have two different set of rules governing the same production zone and the same grapevine species.
The producers had also analyzed the consumers’ reaction to the two set of rules, one of which had abolished the name of the grape variety in favour of the production zone while the other had kept it. They had the feeling that the attempt at clarifying things through two separate set of rules had actually created more confusion, while the promotional and communication tools available were inadequate and insufficient. It was also clear that, in terms of recognizability, the areal had much more impact than the grape variety on consumers unfamiliar with the Piedmont region. The choice of a unified Dogliani DOCG appellation was also consistent with the increasing awareness of the quality of the wines released.

Unification of winegrowing records

The unification of rules and regulations led to the unification of winegrowing records: the choice between the superiore or classica wine type was no longer subordinate to having one’s vineyards identified and filed as belonging to a specific appellation, but it depended on the superior quality of the grapes grown in conformity with the parameters set forth by the rules and regulations.
At present, the Dogliani Superiore wine can be downgraded to the Dogliani type, while the opposite is not possible.

The Langhe Monregalesi area

Another major alteration is the extension of the Dogliani DOCG classification to cover the Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi DOC area. The unification of the production zones entailed the altitude of the vineyards classified under that name to be set to 800 meters. Furthermore, the Ministry has been encouraging the unification of wine rules and regulations to contain the further fragmentation of the appellations for some time. The producers were also very much in favour of the production zones’ unification from the legislative point of view, as the Doglianese and Monregalese areas have always been homogeneous in terms of grape varieties, soil type and cultural and historical background.

Parameters

There are, of course, different parameters as far as minimum alcohol content, dry matter and quantity per hectare are concerned according to the wine type. Dogliani DOCG wine requires 12% vol, 21g/l dry matter and 80 quintals per hectare, while the Dogliani Superiore requires 13% vol., 24 g/l dry matter and 70 quintals per hectare. Furthermore, new vineyards cannot be planted on the northern slope from -22,5° to + 22,5° and minimum planting density of 4000 plants per hectare is required.