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Sicily is changing its wine system. With the 2012 vintage, there will be the IGT Terre Siciliane in the future, which will replace the IGT Sicilia, and a region-wide DOC Sicilia, into which certain wines of the former IGT Sicilia can move up. One might ask whether an island with a wide variety of growing conditions and a wide variety of varieties should be packed into a single DOC. Is Sicily with 25,000 square kilometers an appellation or rather a wine region with numerous appellations that produce very different wines? Why this huge DOC? Were the small existing territorial appellations not enough? Merum wanted to know from two important local players why the Sicilia DOC was needed. Raffaella Usai and Andreas März visited the president of the new consortium, Antonio Rallo (Donnafugata), in Marsala, as well as Alessio Planeta (Planeta) in Sambuca di Sicilia.

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