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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Nicholas Belfrage MW & Franco Ziliani

Perhaps borrowing a leaf from the book of Sicily, whose IGT Sicilia has been highly successful because it's widely recognisable, the Regional Vine & Wine Committee of Campania has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture in Rome for the recognition of Campania IGT. Until now, Campania's IGTs have been obliged to use obscure denominations that, for most consumers, have no geographical significance, such as Dugenta, Epomeo, Roccamonfina and Terre del Volturno, as well as the only slightly less arcane names of Beneventano, Colli di Salerno, Paestum and Pompeiano. These will continue to exist, but producers in any part of wine-producing Campania will be able to choose the regional version. The new regulations, which will be fairly strict as IGT regs go (maximum around 90 hl/ha for whites, 75 for reds), should be in place for the 2004 vintage. The names of Campanian varieties, such as Agianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso and the like, will be allowed on the labels; those of international varieties like Cabernet and Merlot, though the grapes may be permissible in blend, will not.