I started this site while being a total ignorant about italian wines. I'm far from a specialist, but the help of the beautiful guide of the Enoteca Italiana di Siena and of some natural curiosity gave me (with enjoynment) some better understanding of the matter.
Italy offers a galaxy of terroirs and the most impressive list of grape varieties, part indigenous, part imported, notably from France. The mode of classification chosen at the beginning of the sixties is based on the geographical origin of the wines. The lowest level, IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), flows the israeli shelves with unexpensive international style wines.
Who is looking for more personality and, eventually, to find greatness should look on the, full of beautiful surprises, trail of the 297 DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) or, even better, the 24 DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita).
Some "outlaws" developped even better wines while making themselves free of the rules of the DOC & DOCG and created the "Super-Toscan" phenomena... This is a field I still have to explore.
I chose to classify my labels following this scheme...

Vino da Tavola I.G.T D.O.C. D.O.C.G.