Novello, Italian term for new and which can be attributed to IGT, DOC and DOCG wines, both still and sparkling, that cannot be released for consumption before 00.01AM of the sixth day of November in the year the grapes were grown. It is the equivalent of France’s Nouveau term. These wines must contain at least 30% of wine produced with whole grapes carbonic maceration, with a minimum alcohol content of 11% and with the vintage year on the label. Critics say the minimum carbonic maceration requirement of 30% is much too low. Italy’s best Novello wines are probably those made in Trentino and Alto Adige, though, as always, there are very fine exceptions too from other regions.

An alternative view is that these wines are ‘deeply forgettable,’ (Oxford Companion, 2015, p.512).


See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Dr Ian d’Agata, Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs (University of California Press, 2019).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.32-33.

Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015), p.512.