The wineries associated to the Barbera d'Asti and Vini and Monferrato Consortiums are 330. Among the names protected by the Consortium: 2 DOCG (Barbera d'Asti and Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato), 10 DOC (Albugnano, Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato, Dolcetto d'Asti, Freisa d'Asti, Grignolino d'Asti, Loazzolo, Malvasia of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Monferrato, Piedmont and Terre Alfieri), and 5 Denominations subjected to Erga Omnes functions (Barbera d'Asti, Freisa d'Asti, Albugnano , Dolcetto d'Asti and Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato).
DOC and DOCG
Thanks to the powers that the current EU legislation recognizes in terms of promotion, protection and care of general interests, the Barbera d'Asti and Vini del Monferrato Consortium can now pursue its main objective: to improve the conditions of the wine production chain, thus contributing to to preserve a territory recently recognized as a Universal Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
With regard to protection, the objective is to offer the consumer the maximum guarantee on the wines of the Denomination purchased, to be reached through a series of checks at an international level to be carried out on the marketed products. Also important is the research activity, through which the Consortium contributes to increasing the quality of protected wines.
Dop and IGP
Among the main activities carried out by Assopiemonte there is the general coordination of the activities of the Consortia, their representation at institutional venues and assistance regarding bureaucratic activities and relations with the public administration at the local level, regional, national and community level, the protection and enhancement of products through the execution of information, training and promotion interventions (participation in fairs and exhibitions, realization and printing of dissemination material etc.) and the execution of the activity of supervision through the Supervisory Agents recognized by the Mipaaf. Assopiemonte also actively collaborates with the Consortia on the occasion of the review of the Production Regulations and any marking regulations, in the drafting of the control plans drawn up in collaboration with the competent Fraud Repression offices, with the INOQ and with the other bodies of the State appointed to supervise PDO products.
Assopiemonte DOP & IGP was established in 1989, it is the association to which some Consortiums for the Protection of Cheeses with Protected Designation of Origin exclusively belong in Piedmont: Castelmagno, Murazzano, Robiola di Roccaverano, Ossolano and Toma Piemontese. It comes from the need to bring together the small - but great in flavors - Piedmontese consortium realities. Assopiemonte DOP and IGP also includes two prestigious local products: the Piedmont DOP Salami and the Baraggia Rice from Biella and Vercelli, which blend well with the panorama of Piedmont's cultural and gastronomic tradition.