Italy is the ideal place for grapes, thanks to its mild and favourable climate. Extending into the Mediterranean Sea like a magnificent garden, Italy’s terroir offers tastes and bouquets of extraordinary variety. And it is this land that gave rise to Grappa, the quintessential Italian distillate, unique in the world for character and provenance.
Grappa is the distillate of marc produced exclusively in Italy. The marc, i.e. the pips and skins of grapes, obtained from the vinification process, must come exclusively from grapes grown in Italy. Any other distillate of non-Italian marc cannot be called Grappa, even if produced inside the national borders.
EU Regulation 110/08 ratifies all this. Therefore, when one says Grappa, it is not necessary to add the word Italian: Grappa means an all-Italian made product, for culture and tradition.
Grappas are not all the same. In fact, to be more precise, one should speak of types of Grappa and not Grappa in general. According the the EC regulation, since 1989 there are six regions renowned, by tradition and culture, for the artisan production of Grappa: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino, Upper Adige – South Tyrol and Friuli Venezia Giulia as well as the Barolo area. The name Grappa has recently also been extended to the region of Sicily and the Marsala area, not without some controversy.
Therefore, in addition to the name Grappa, which covers the entire national territory, today there are 9 Typical Geographic Indications (IGT), corresponding to the above-mentioned regions and areas. Each IGT proposes Grappas with particular characteristics, in a range of fragrances and notes reflecting the uniqueness of the territory of provenance.