Geographical Indication Südtiroler Marille or Marille dell’Alto Adige is exclusively reserved to the fruit spirit obtained from apricots fermented in the Autonomous Province of Südtirol/Alto Adige, distilled and diluted in plants located in the above mentioned geographical area.
The production area of Südtiroler Marille GI is within the entire territory of the Autonomous Province of Südtirol/Alto Adige.
The Südtiroler Marille GI and/or Marille dell’Alto Adige GI is obtained from the must of apricots fermented and distilled - in continuous or batch plant – with direct heat or indirect vapor after the addition of water in the pot still. The ripening of the fruit particularly affects both the taste and the aroma of the spirit. Moreover, distillers from South Tyrol have developed a technology that ensures the uniform ripening of the apricot. Grinding, fermentation, distillation, reduction of the alcoholic degree, eventual aging, must take place in the Autonomous Province of Südtirol/Alto Adige. The distillation of the fermented product should be carried out at less than 86% by volume. Within this limit the obtained product may be re-distilled. In the production process of the Sudtiroler Marille GI is allowed the addition of sugars, up to a maximun of 20 grams per litre. In the production process of the Südtiroler Marille GI and/or Marille dell’Alto Adige GI is allowed the addition of sugars, up to a maximum of 20 grams per liter.
The Südtiroler Marille GI and/or Marille dell’Alto Adige GI is exclusively obtained from the fermented must of apricots (Prunus armeniaca L.) fermented and distilled both directly and by water vapour. To be released for consumption, the minimum alcoholic strength by volume shall be 40%. No addition of ethyl alcohol, whether diluted or not, shall take place. Flavoring is not allowed. The reduction of the alcoholic degree has to be made by using the water of the Autonomous Province of Südtirol/Alto Adige. In fact, this water is full of minerals due to the peculiar geological formation of the mountains of the area affecting the flavour and the taste of the spirit drink. It can be subjected to the ageing process in wooden containers traditionally known as Lagelen.
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The peculiarity of the Südtiroler Marille GI and/or Marille dell’Alto Adige GI is due to the choice of the raw materials; the exclusive production in an area with a high environmental value as the Autonomous Province of Südtirol/Alto Adige is the secular experience of the its “master distillers” together with the continuous improvement of the production cycle.
Geographical Indication Südtiroler Marille or Marille dell’Alto Adige is registered in the Annex III of Regulation (EC) n. 110/2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of Geographical Indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/89 (published in the Official Journal of the EU of 13 February 2008; L. 39) as modified by the Reg. (EC) 1067/2016 and by Reg. 674/2019. Notwithstanding the entry in force of the new Reg. UE 787/2019 which is replacing Reg. 110/2008 and that applies to GIs from 8 june 2019, Annex III still stand until the creation of GI’s Register referred to in article 33 of the new law. Generally, article 24 paragraph 1 of Regulation 787/2019 provides that for every Geographical Indication has to be presented a technical file containing requirements requested by article 24 itself. In Italy the approval and presentation procedure of technical files is defined by Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies decree of May 13, 2010. The Südtiroler Marille GI and/or Marille dell’Alto Adige GI technical file is contained in the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies decree of July 31, 2014 (published in the Italian Official Journal n. 186 of August 12, 2014).