Tar Lazio: no to Grillo and Nero d’Avola only Doc Sicilia
The administrative judges uphold the appeal of the Duca di Salaparuta who opposed the decision inspired by the Consortium Doc Sicily to no longer be able to use on the label the names of the two varieties in the IGT Terre Siciliane.
A huge problem for the consortium Doc Sicily in this rainy autumn. The Lazio Regional Administrative Court upheld the appeal of the Duca di Salaparuta. Therefore, the administrative judges rejected the amendments to the regulations of the Doc Sicilia and Igt Terre Siciliane that in fact imposed the possibility of writing on the label the name Grillo or Nero d'Avola only in wines branded Doc Sicilia. Changes wanted above all by the consortium to guarantee Nero d'Avola and Grillo, the two most representative grape varieties of Sicily, the protective umbrella of the Sicily DOC. The idea was to no longer produce wines Igt Terre Siciliane with the name on the label of the two varieties mentioned. The decision of the consortium Doc Sicily dates back to early 2016, but found the opposition of the Duke of Salaparuta (now owned by Illva di Saronno led by Augusto Reina) who has expressed its opposition both publicly with advertisements in newspapers and, precisely, with an appeal to the Tar that results in this resounding judgment. And that produces immediate effects. Therefore, even with the harvest 2019 we return to the past. And that is with the ability to produce and sell bottles or other packaging Igt Terre Siciliane writing Grillo and Nero d'Avola on the label.
The administrative judges with a ruling filed last month in substance uphold the appeal of the Duca di Salaparuta mainly for two reasons. The first is that the decision to change the rules of the IGT would have taken place without a decision of the assembly, but only the top management of the association Terre Siciliane, a formal step that according to the judge had to be stopped by the institutional bodies in the various stages of the process thus recognizing a flaw in form.