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.
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In the face of any attempts at plagiarism and usurpation of the name ‘Sicilia’, the Consortium has registered the figurative trademark of Mosaic Sicily in Italy and the USA since it obtained ministerial recognition.
Mosaic Sicily is the brand with which the Consortium identifies itself in its promotional activities, which it carries out mainly through projects co-financed by Sicily’s Rural Development Plan and the funds of the Wine CMO. The Consortium also organises and sponsors events that aim to enhance the value of Sicilia Doc wines.
The Consortium is in charge of monitoring the products on sale. Through its vigilance agents, it checks Sicilia Doc wines on the market and verifies their compliance with the requirements set forth in the production specifications.
Supervision, in Italy and abroad, is carried out in collaboration with the regional headquarters of the Central Inspectorate for Quality and Fraud Repression (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Agriculture), which approves the annual control plan.
During the controls, wine samples are taken and analysed by the laboratory of the Central Inspectorate for Quality and Fraud Repression in Catania. In April 2017, the Consortium Sicilia Doc, the Consortium Prosecco Doc and the Consortium vini d’Abruzzo signed a bilateral agreement: the vigilance agents of the two consortia are authorised to control both denominations, thus allowing for an increase in checks on the territory.
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.