Coste della Sesia DOC & Colline Novaresi DOC
Coste della Sesia - Province of Biella / created 1994
Coste della Sesia ‘Rosso’ and ‘Rosato’ must have a minimum 50% Nebbiolo
Coste della Sesia ‘Nebbiolo’ or ‘Spanna’, ‘Vespolina’ and ‘Croatina’ must have a minimum of 85% of the listed variety
Coste della Sesia Bianco must be 100% Erbaluce
Colline Novaresi - Province of Novara / created 1996
Colline Novaresi ‘Rosso’, ‘Rosato’, ‘Novello’ must have a minimum 50% Nebbiolo
Colline Novaresi ‘Nebbiolo’ or ‘Spanna’, ‘Vespolina’, ‘Barbera’, ‘Uva Rara’ and ‘Croatina’ must have a minimum of 85% of the listed variety
Colline Novaresi Bianco must be 100% Erbaluce
These DOCs are both blanket areas that are credited with the survival of the individual appellations within them by offering less stringent rules for blending, ageing and crop levels.
Coste della Sesia DOC (created in 1994) takes in the area West of the Sesia River including Gattinara, Lessona and Bramaterra. Colline Novaresi DOC (created 1996) encompasses the hills of Novara to the East of the Sesia River, taking in the appellations of Ghemme, Boca, Fara, Sizzano.