The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines’ origins.
About 300 wine growing regions in Italy have the DOC designation, while only 21 have a DOCG label. The DOCG wines conform to DOC laws and in addition are quality tested by government-appointed inspectors.
The Wine Roads of Tuscany
These are great fun for wine enthusiasts, but if you are going to actually consume wine in a number of wineries in one day, you are advised, for obvious reasons, to get a chauffeur driven car to drive you around! If you are planning to stay for a few days, there is plenty of good accommodation. Follow this link, for example, to see a few of the places to stay in the Castagneto Carducci municipality in Livorno Province (on the Costa degli Etruschi wine road).
An Introduction to Tuscan Wine
Italian wines are some of the most famous in the world, and Tuscan wines include some of the best wines in Italy. The aim of this article is to provide a simple guide to Tuscan wines. I would like to provide readers with an outline of the different wines available in Tuscany, the grape varieties indigenous to Tuscany, and the ‘wine roads’ (Strade del Vino) around the many Tuscan vineyards.
Tuscan wines and olive oil
Address: Via del Bosco 3, Livorno
Telephone: +(39) 334 3080600 - 339 3277729
winetasting, fine wines & Tuscan gourmet produce
Address: Via Cogorano 14, Livorno
Telephone: +(39) 320 1820490
Sellers of fine Italian wines, wine tasting
Address: Via Mentana 85, Livorno
Telephone: +(39) 0586 886078
sellers of wines
Address: Via Vivoli 1, Livorno
Telephone: 0586 862065
wine from the barrel, artisan beers, spirits
Address: Via Marradi 169a, Livorno
Telephone: +(39) 0586 807478