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Nizza (also Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza before 2014) is a DOCG red Italian wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Barbera grape, and the zone of production is limited to the comuni (municipalities) of Agliano Terme, Belveglio, Bruno, Calamandrana, Castel Boglione, Castelnuovo Belbo, Castelnuovo Calcea, Castel Rocchero, Cortiglione, Incisa Scapaccino, Moasca, Mombaruzzo, Mombercelli, Nizza Monferrato, Rocchetta Palafea, San Marzano Oliveto, Vaglio Serra and Vinchio within the province of Asti.[2] In this area Barbera is the leading grape variety grown, because the pedoclimatic conditions here are particularly favourable for its ripening.

Nizza
Wine region
TypeDOCG
Year established2014
Years of wine industryPromoted from a Barbera d'Asti Superiore subzone
CountryItaly
Part ofPiemonte
Other regions in PiemonteBarbera d'Asti
Size of planted vineyards250 hectares (620 acres)[1]
Varietals producedBarbera
Wine produced2,420 hl[1]

The zone of production is centered on the town of Nizza Monferrato, from which the wine derives its name.

HistoryEdit

Nizza was promoted to DOCG status in 2014.[3] Before that date it had been a Superiore subzone of the Barbera d'Asti DOCG.

DOCG regulationsEdit

Nizza production rules specify:[2]

  • Grape composition: 100% Barbera
  • Maximum yield: 7 tonnes/ha
  • Minimum alcohol: 13% (13.5% if a single vineyard is named on the label)
  • Minimum barrel aging: 6 months (or 12 months for wine labelled 'Riserva')
  • Minimum total aging: 18 months (or 30 months for wine labelled 'Riserva')

EnvironmentEdit

Nizza vines are sun-demanding and normally occupy the best-exposed slopes that face from southeast to west; the valleys are excluded. The production area is the focus of the so-called Tertiary Piedmont Basin, a hilly region that originated from the lifting of the seabed during the late Tertiary epoch; the soils are calcareous, of medium depth, and characterized by sandy-clay marls and stratified sandstones.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nizza DOCG". Italian Wine Central. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2015-11-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Nizza DOCG Regulations, Consorzio Tutela Vini d'Asti e Monferrato, 29 October 2012
  3. ^ [1] Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali prot. 85456 del 19.11.2014

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