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Italian wine is divided into quality and table wine, as in the rest of Europe -Quality wines come from regulated zones, and these zones are named on labels as denominazione di origine controllata (DOC): wines of controlled origin. These zones have names: Soave, Orvieto and so on. There are more than 200 DOCs across peninsular Italy and the islands.

Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (DOCG) is a higher grade of quality. "Garantita" indicates that the wine adheres to stricter rules.

Vino da tavola is table wine. Much of it is ordinary, but some vini da tavola are superior wines that are made in DOC areas but not according to DOC rules. The winemaker may use grape varieties, or methods, forbidden under DOC legislation. Some of these "super" vini da tavola cost more than the most expensive DOCG wines. This phenomenon gained momentum in Tuscany.

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