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The designation/appellation/classification system of wines of Italy’s Tuscany wine region

July 26, 2011

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The designation/appellation/classification system that applies to all the wines in all of the regions in Italy, including Tuscany. DOC and DOCG stand for Denominazione di Origine Controllata (e Garantita) which translates to Designation of Controlled Origin (and Guaranteed). An area can be granted a DOC by a government commission, and the DOC normally has to do with an area’s tradition or if it is particularly suitable for a specific wine. When the DOC is given, it is usually given a trial of 10-20 yrs after which it might be given the extra classy “Garantita”. Once a wine is DOCG it practically cannot be declassified. The DOCGs are therefore the types of wine that have been around for a longer time, are well known and give that extra “Quality” guarantee to us wine drinkers. Sometimes the classification system is a little misleading as it is different from the French. It is to be noted that a wine with a DOCG status has to be made according to a restrictive recipe, it must pass the chemical exam and a tasting by an expert panel, and what is guaranteed is that the wine meets the minimal expectations. In fact, a Docg wine is not necessarily better than a doc or igt wine. The real quality or should we say greatness of the wine is really up to each individual producer.


Clark Wine Center was built in 2003 by Hong Kong-based Yats International Leisure Philippines to become the largest wine shop in Philippines supplying Asia’s wine lovers with fine vintage wines at attractive prices. Today, this wine shop in Clark Philippines offers over 2000 selections of fine wines from all major wine regions in the world. As a leading wine supplier in Philippines, Pampanga’s Clark Wine Center offers an incomparable breadth of vintages, wines from back vintages spanning over 50 years. Clark Wine Center is located in Pampanga Clark Freeport Zone adjacent to Angeles City, just 25 minutes from Subic and 45 minutes from Manila.

Wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Alsace, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Argentina etc. are well represented in this Clark Wine Shop.

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