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Taurasi DOCG

The Taurasi DOCG is another great Italian red wine very little known outside Italy. The Taurasi DOCG is a made from grapes grown in "Irpinia", an area where other two great DOCG wines are made, the whites Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, and is mainly made with Aglianico grape with up to 15% of other locally grown red grapes. Many producers use only Aglianico grapes.

The Taurasi “disciplinare”, the wine regulations that details the wine making process, says that a wine to be called Taurasi needs to be made with the at least 85% of Aglianico grapes grown in the DOCG area and aged for a minimum of 3 years before being released with a least one in wooden barrels, in the best vintages, years, the Taurasi can be labelled as Taurasi Riserva DOCG with the ageing required increasing to 4 years. The Taurasi DOCG wine, often called the Barolo of the south for its complexity and structure and longevity, is one of the finest Italian wines, and suitable for long ageing.

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