Although northern Italy is not normally noted for its wines, it does have several good labels; Barolo and Barbaresco (reds) and Asti Spumante (sparkling white) all come from the Piedmont region, and from the Lombardy region; Moscato (white) and Sassella, Inferno and Grumello (reds), from Lake Garda (the most famous local wine-growing area); Valpolicella and Bardolino (reds), Soave (dry white).
The label will specify the quality of the wine:
- DS (Denominazione Semplice) – no quality standard
- DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) – wines meet the defined standards and come from officially recognized areas.
- DCG (Denominazione Controllata e Garanzia) – are wines of the highest standard.