The Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
is an Italian designation from the Piedmont region, which was recognized on 16 July 1974. Only red wines harvested within the production area set out by the decree are entitled to the Dolcetto d’Alba DOC. The authorized vineyards are located in the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, covering an area of about 2,000 hectares. In Italy, the Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
is viewed as one of Piedmont’s best appellations because it is home to a number of top quality producers. The Dolcetto d'Alba vineyards are located on the slopes of the hilly region lying south of Alba, near the Tanaro and the Dolcetto di Dogliani wine producing area.
The specifications for the Dolcetto d’Alba red wine are less demanding than those for the Dolcetto d'Alba “Superiore”, mainly with regard to alcohol content. The region specializes in the production of wines from the Dolcetto grape variety. The best Dolcetto d'Alba wines are sweet with just enough tannin to provide balance. The appellation enjoys a good reputation thanks to the quality of the wines offered by producers such as Renatto Ratti and Elio Altare.