Weekly Wine Defined – IGP

But, but… Isn’t it supposed to be IGT? I recently bought an Italian wine with IGP on the label and wondered if it was a typo.
We’ve all seen the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) on Italian labels for many years; it’s the designation for wines that don’t meet the stricter requirements of DOC or DOCG designations. So, it could be anything from a Super Tuscan to a Toscano Rosso.
The DO (Denominazione di Origine), DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) are designations of origin and quality according to Italian wine law. These designations, instituted in 1963, require wine be produced within the specified region using defined methods and a defined standard to be labeled with a DOC or DOCG.

IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) is the updated version that complies with EU law.