The controlled designation of origin for Sicilian wines was established on 22nd November 2011 by a decree issued by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
On 12th June 2012, the same wine growers, winemakers and bottling companies that supported recognition of the DOC, established the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Doc Sicilia with the aim of promoting the production of Sicilian wine and its area of production. The consortium boasts about 3,000 wine growers amongst its members and, thanks to this high level of representation, it has been attributed erga omnes status by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
The Consortium thus assumes the functions of protecting, promoting, enhancing, providing consumer information and taking general care of the interests relating to Sicilian Doc wines.
The consortium’s role therefore lies in the protection, promotion, development, provision of consumer information and general supervision of all matters related to Sicilia DOC wines. The consortium confirms its commitment to protecting the Sicilia DOC brand and developing the designation of origin through activities designed to increase the visibility of a brand that is a symbol of Made in Italy and to monitor compliance with the standard specified in the production specifications, in the interest of both consumers and producers. The consortium is also responsible for planning the production of wine for the market and is actively involved in subjects of interest to the wine growing and winemaking industry with an eye to developing the entire industry in Sicily.
(DECLARED IN 2020)
WINERIES THAT BOTTLE WINE
HECTOLIRES IN 2020
BOTTLES PRODUCED IN 2020
INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF BOTTLES PRODUCED IN 2020
To protect against any attempts to plagiarise or misappropriate the “Sicilia” designation, since obtaining ministerial approval, the consortium has registered its figurative trademark, composed of a mosaic pattern in the shape of Sicily, in both Italy and the USA.
The consortium uses the Sicily mosaic to identify its organisation for promotional activities, which are mainly performed within the context of projects jointly funded by the Rural Development Programme for Sicily and wine CMO funds. The consortium also organises and sponsors events aimed at promoting Sicilia DOC wines.
The consortium is responsible for controlling products placed on sale. Its appointed inspectors control Sicilia DOC wines on sale, checking that they meet the requirements defined in the production specifications. Monitoring activities, in Italy and abroad, are performed in collaboration with the regional office of the Central Inspectorate for Quality Protection and Fraud Repression (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies), which approves the annual control plan.
As part of the control activities, wine samples are taken and analysed by the Central Inspectorate for Quality Protection and Fraud Repression’s laboratory in Catania. In April 2017, the Sicilia DOC consortium and Prosecco DOC consortium signed an agreement: inspectors appointed by the two consortiums are authorised to control both designations, thus increasing the number of checks performed.
The Controlled Designations of Origin, known by the acronym DOC, are used in enology to indicate and certify a quality wine whose characteristics are attributable to the peculiarities of the territory and to the production methods used.
In order to obtain the “Sicily” DOC recognition, the trade associations applied to the Region which, having verified the correspondence between the designation and the characteristics mentioned, expressed a favorable opinion and forwarded the application to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The official DOC recognition took place by means of ministerial decree of November 22nd, 2011 (Official Gazette no. 284 of December 6th, 2011)
The Consortium carries out activities to promote and enhance the Sicilian wine heritage, interacting with national and international journalists, influencers and exponents of the world of wine. The activities of public relations, developed through the circulation of press releases, interviews, tastings, press tours and events devoted to specific aspects, aim to guarantee qualified visibility of the “Sicily Vineyard” and to circulate the Consortium’s strategic messages: the constant qualitative growth of Sicilian wine, the great attention to issues related to sustainability, the surprising variety of microclimates, soils and vines that make Sicily a unique place.