DOK and IGT Wine Quality Scheme

Quality wines

The European Union’s wine regulations establish the minimum requisites for table wines to be marketed as such. Table wines do not have a link with a particular territory. 

On the other hand, wines with a Geographical Indication (PDO or PGI) have a direct link to the territory of production and through stricter rules of production, the quality of the wine goes beyond the minimum requirements established for a table wine. 

Malta has 3 GI wines; the IĠT ‘Maltese Islands’, the DOK ‘Malta’ and the DOK ‘Gozo’. The IĠT ‘Maltese Islands’ is a wine produced from grapes cultivated on the islands and has a production protocol that limits the yield of grapes per hectare to attain higher quality than the table wines. 

The DOK ‘Malta’ and DOK ‘Gozo’ are wines that attain a higher quality even from the IĠT wines through stricter yields per hectare, methods of cultivation and the use of only the most suitable grape varieties. The grapes for such wines have to be produced exclusively in Malta and Gozo respectively.


Certification

Wines being marketed as DOK or IĠT have to be certified as such after a rigorous process carried out by the Directorate. The Directorate follows the whole wine making process from the beginning by assessing the production and making sure that the grapes are suitable for the production of such wines. 

When the wine is ready, the Directorate collects the DOK and IĠT wine samples and sends them to an accredited foreign laboratory for analysis the to ensure that they comply with their respective standard. Moreover, the DOK wines need also be submitted to a panel of professional wine tasters for their evaluation prior to be certified as such. 

Aside from the written denominations on the respective labels; the DOK ‘Malta’ & DOK ‘Gozo’ wines carry a pale yellow banderole, whilst IĠT ‘Maltese Islands’ wines have a green banderole making them easily recognizable from the table wines which lack these yellow and green banderols and instead carry the pink excise stamp in the form of a banderole or a small circular stamp attached to the bottle.​


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