Spirit drinks: Sudtiroler Grappa and or South Tyrolean Grappa IG

Spirit drinks: Sudtiroler Grappa and or South Tyrolean Grappa IG

Production area: entire territory of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.
The technical data sheet of the Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa of Alto Adige IG is contained in the decree of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies of 24 November 2014 (published in the Official Gazette no. 281 of 3.12.2014).

The Geographical Indication Südtiroler Grappa and / or Grappa from South Tyrol is reserved for grape brandy obtained from raw materials obtained from grapes produced and vinified in Südtirol / Alto Adige, distilled and bottled in plants located in the same territory.

Additional specifications
The denomination Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa dell'Alto Adige IG can be supplemented by the reference: - to the name of a grape variety, if it was obtained in distillation from raw materials coming from 100% by weight from the vinification of grapes of this grape variety: a tolerance of other grape varieties up to a maximum of 15 per cent by weight is allowed; - to the names of no more than two grape varieties, if it has been obtained from the distillation of raw materials entirely deriving from the vinification of grapes obtained from the cultivation of these vines (however, the indication of vines used less than 15 per cent by weight is not allowed); - the name of a DOC, DOCG or IGT wine (PDO, PGI) if the raw materials come from grapes used in the production of this wine (in this case it is forbidden to use the symbols and wordings (DOC, DOCG and IGT) (PDO , PGI) both in initials and in full); - the method of distillation, continuous or discontinuous, and the type of alembic.

Background

The production of grappa responds to the Italian winemaking vocation and in particular to Südtirol / Alto Adige in relation to the consolidated winemaking and distillation of by-products. The production of the Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa of Alto Adige IG, as documented in numerous historical testimonies, is traditionally carried out by direct distillation of the marc and is closely linked to the territory of origin. The temperature fluctuation in Südtirol / Alto Adige, normally fresh, favors the development of fine aromas during the maturation of the grappa in wooden containers. A fundamental role is also played by the centuries-old experience of the distillers of South Tyrol and by the continuous improvement of the production cycle which develops harmoniously in an area with a high environmental value.

South Tyrolean Grappa

Production method

Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa dell Alto Adige IG is obtained from fermented or semi-fermented pomace of wine produced in Südtirol / Alto Adige, starting from grapes grown in the same territory. The marc is distilled by continuous or discontinuous direct steam, direct heat or indirect steam plants after adding water to the still, with separation of the head and tail. In the production, the use of natural liquid lees of wine is allowed in the maximum measure of 25 kg per 100 kg of marc used. The quantity of alcohol coming from the lees cannot exceed 35% of the total quantity of alcohol in the finished product. The use of natural liquid wine lees can take place by adding the lees to the marc before being distilled, or by removing the marc and lees in parallel and sending to the distillation the mixture of the two phlegms, or the alcoholic vapors, or by separate de-alcoholisation of the marc and lees and subsequent direct dispatch to the distillation of the phlegm mixture. These operations must be carried out in the same production distillery. The distillation of fermented or semi-fermented pomace, in a continuous or discontinuous plant, must be carried out at less than 86 per cent by volume. Within this limit, the redistillation of the product obtained is allowed. Fermentation, distillation, reduction in degree, possible aging, bottling and labeling must take place in the geographical area of ​​South Tyrol / South Tyrol. The water for dilution must come from drinking water from the Südtirol / Alto Adige geographical area. In the preparation of Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa dell'Alto Adige IG it is allowed to add: - sugars, in the maximum limit of 20 grams per liter, expressed as invert sugar; - caramel, only for grappa subjected to aging at least 12 months, according to current EU and national regulations. The Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa dell'Alto Adige IG can be subjected to aging in barrels, vats and other wooden containers. In the presentation and promotion the use of the terms Old or Aged is allowed for the grappa subjected to aging in unpainted or coated wooden containers, for a period of not less than 12 months, under fiscal surveillance, in plants located in the territory of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol / South Tyrol. The use of the terms Riserva or Stravecchia for the Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa of Alto Adige IG aged at least 18 months is allowed.

Features

Südtiroler Grappa IG and / or Grappa dell'Alto Adige IG is obtained from fermented or semi-fermented pomace of wine produced in Südtirol / Alto Adige from grapes grown in the same territory. It can be subjected to aging in unpainted or coated wooden containers. In order to be released for consumption, it must have an alcoholic strength of not less than 40 per cent by volume.


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