Carmignano, one of the smallest wine-producing regions in Italy, has been accorded DOCG status for its red wine, the highest designation permitted under Italian wine law.
The Tuscan region of Carmignano has 247 acres of grapes, and its dozen producers make just 400,000 cases of wine a year. Carmignano is similar in many ways to Chianti (both use the Sangiovese grape as their main component), but Carmignano uses small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon as well.
The DOCG ( Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita ) certification is granted only to wines that meet a certain quality standard. Only eight regions of Italy have qualified as DOCG regions.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is seeking comments on the Government Warning notice that has appeared on all alcoholic beverages since Nov. 18, 1989, so that it may report to Congress whether the wording of the warning statement should be changed.