Quality Wines

In the latest wine reform adopted by the EU in 2008 had the following goals:
  • Making EU wine producers even more competitive - enhancing the reputation of European wines and regaining market share both in the EU and outside.
  • Making the market-management rules simpler, clearer and more effective – to achieve a better balance between supply and demand.
  • Preserving the best traditions of European wine growing and boosting its social and environmental role in rural areas.

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QUALITY WINES IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS

In the Maltese Islands, there are currently fourteen registered commercial wine producers: nine wineries are located in Malta, whereas five wineries are found in Gozo. Of these fourteen wineries, ten wineries are registered for the production of “PDO” and “PGI” wines, whereas four are registered for the production of “Table Wines”. 

PDO wines are wines having a “Protected Designation of Origin” whereas PGI wines are wines having a “Protected Geographical Indication”. PDO wines produced from grapes cultivated in Malta and Gozo are designated as “DOK” wines, that is wines having a “Denominazzjoni ta’ l-Oriġini Kontrollata” in Maltese, whereas PGI wines produced from grapes cultivated in Malta and Gozo are designated as IĠT wines, i.e., wines with an “Indikazzjoni Ġeografika Tipika” in Maltese. 

Ever since the introduction of the DOK and IĠT scheme in the Maltese Islands in 2007, there has been a steady increase in the production of these wines by local wineries over the years. In 2008, the production of DOK and IĠT wines in the Maltese Islands accounted for just 36% of the total production of local wine. This percentage increased steadily over the years to reach 95% in 2013.

DOK Wines are divided into two categories of wine. DOK “Malta” wines can only be produced from grapes grown on the island of Malta whereas DOK “Gozo” wines can only be produced from grapes grown on the island of Gozo. 
IGT wines are produced from grapes cultivated on both the islands of Malta and Gozo and are therefore termed IĠT “Maltese Islands”. 

 
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