In the fascinating world of viticulture and enology, the complex network of traditions, territories and processing techniques has given rise to a vast range of wines, each with unique stories and characteristics. Among these categories emerges the concept of varietal wine, an expression that is part of the reorganization process of the European wine certification system, started in 2008.
The DOC and DOCG denominations have been incorporated into the wider category of DOP wines, acronym for Protected Designation of Origin, while the IGT wines have become IGP wines, Protected Geographical Indication. In the context of this reform, varietal wines emerged as an autonomous category, separated from those with a designation of origin or geographical indication.
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The category of varietal wines presents itself as a fascinating crossroads between tradition and innovation. Although not bound by the territorial restrictions of PDO or PGI wines, the varietal wine offers the possibility of working with mastery and creativity to create distinct and memorable products. The ability to experiment with select grape varieties provides fertile ground for innovation, allowing our winemakers to explore new combinations and flavor profiles.
In this article we will know varietal wine through its definition. Furthermore, we will also present the characteristics of our bulk varietal wines and the requirements that distinguish them.
Varietal wine definition
As anticipated, the term “varietal wine” is part of the reorganization process of the European wine certification system, which began in 2008 and aimed at standardizing the acronyms adopted for the recognition of these products. Thus, the wines that were previously known as “table wines” were divided into two categories: on the one hand, varietal wines, on the other, generic wines.
Italian varietal wines, although without a denomination of origin or protected geographical indication, are those for which it is possible to indicate the grape variety and the year of production on the label, without any reference to the territory from which they originated. Generic wines, on the other hand, derive from wines authorized without territorial constraints.
In other words, varietal wine, unlike PDO and PGI branded products, has no connection with the grape variety or the geographical area of cultivation. However, Italian varietal wines must be produced, for at least 85% of their ampelographic basis, starting from grapes of specific non-autochthonous vines expressly indicated by law.
The varietal wines Vinicola Vedovato Mario
The bulk varietal wine of Vinicola Vedovato Mario undergoes clarification, to guarantee its protein stability, as well as microfiltration. Upon request, our varietal wine can undergo treatment for tartaric stability and sweetening in accordance with the relative specifications.
The list of varietal wines is as follows: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
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Italian varietal wines and certifications
It is important to know that, in order for varietal wines to be marketed with this denomination, they must obtain a specific certification and, at the same time, undergo a series of checks by designated bodies. The varietal wine is also subject to complex wine legislation, aimed at guaranteeing full traceability of the product.
Following the European indications, the various national legislators have adopted specific provisions to guarantee compliance with the Community guidelines. In Italy, the first regulatory references are the DM MIPAAF Ministerial Decree of 23 December 2009 and Ministerial Decree 381 of 19 March 2010, in which varietal wines are defined as “wines without DOP or IGP designated with the name of the vine” and as “wines designated with indications of the name of one or more varieties of wine grapes”.
Finally, the Ministerial Decree of 19 March 2010 provides that varietal wines can report both the year of production and the grape variety on the label. This on condition that they are subjected to certification by a specific body. On the contrary, no reference to the production area is allowed, which remains the exclusive prerogative of wines with Denomination of Origin or Geographical Indication.
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