Stars in the Sky Prosecco Gift Basket
Stars in the Sky Prosecco Gift Basket brings Gemma di Luna Prosecco with gourmet chocolates and two champagne flutes on a silver tray!
The Italian wine classification system, known as DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata or Controlled Designation of Origin) and DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed), is based on the ancient Roman concept of “genius loci”, which means local identify. Unfortunately the system has not always been effectively enforced, for example while quality standards have been communicated, strict inspections have been lacking. Within each DOC designation non-indigenous non-Italian varietals have been admitted, such as Merlot and Chardonnay, which has resulted in the annihilation of local varietals and subsequently the local identity.
This has not happened in the rigorously enforced French AOC system, where Italian varietals are non-existent within their appellations. Since inception, number of DOC designations has almost double to over 400 in total creating and this, along with the former, has resulted in some of the best Italian producers to abandon DOCG designations over the last decade. The Farmers of Wine project is focused on preserving the original winemaking heritage in Puglia, a wine making region in southern Italy rich in agricultural history and culture. We have carefully selected a group of Puglian farmers who have made local winegrowing traditions their life, and provide tools and support to help preserve the methods they employ, such as the alberello, or small tree, vine training system typical of the area.