Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
Since August 1, 2009 the word Prosecco no longer identifies a grape variety but a wine with Controlled Denomination of Origin, indicated as DOC, subjected to precise rules. The new Prosecco DOC identifies the production on a large land surface, including nine provinces and two regions: Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The Conegliano- Valdobbiadene area, which boasts a historical production of DOC since 1969, now becomes DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed), putting it at the top of the pyramid in terms of quality for Italian wines. There are in fact only 44 denominations of wine in DOCG compared to the 318 denominations in DOC. The name of the wine produced in these hills is called Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG and provides an even greater assurance of quality to the consumer.