Delle Venezie DOC debuts second vintage at Wine Paris

The Consorzio Delle Venezie DOC – the protected designation for Pinot Grigio from northeastern Italy – has unveiled its first bottles from the 2018 harvest at the Wine Paris trade show, which opened today in the French capital.

Created in 2017, the DOC covers the Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions, and permits the use of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Friulano, Garganega, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco and Verduzzo.

The new DOC was established in order to “streamline and redefine” Pinot Grigio from northeastern Italy, offering wine trade professionals and consumers a guarantee of origin and quality.

Nearly half of the global production of Pinot Grigio comes from Italy, and 85% of it is concentrated in the Triveneto area.

Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC wines are required to be at least 85% Pinot Grigio, while the remainder may be any white grape allowed to be grown in the region. All wines undergo taste tests by an independent panel and are subject to a maximum yield of 126hl/ha. Meanwhile, sparkling Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC must be tank-fermented, and must contain less than 32g/L of residual sugar.

“We are kicking off a new year of powerful promotional activities for the Consorzio with a Pinot Grigio of outstanding quality that we believe will provide an encouraging boost to the growing curiosity and interest that buyers and the foreign press have shown in it”, said Albino Armani, president of the Consorzio.

“We are driven by two concepts dear to our hearts: the extremely high quality of the product and the guarantee offered by certification of the new Stile Italiano Pinot Grigio”.

More than 80 labels will be available for tasting at the Consorzio stand (Pav. C4127) at Wine Paris, including the first wines from the 2018 vintage.

“We had exceptional growth throughout 2018 on international markets, a sure sign that our concept of supply chain traceability was well-received and appreciated,” added Armani. “Our goal of repositioning the Pinot Grigio from Northeastern Italy with a strong regional identity has us looking confidently to the future”.

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