In a press conference this morning, Italian agriculture minister Luca Zaia announced that the Ispettorato centrale per il controllo della qualità dei prodotti agroalimentari (Central Inspectorate for the Monitoring of Food and Farm Products, a department within the ministry) will oversee testing and certification of Brunello di Montalcino and will provide producers with certification letters (now required by the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau).
A copy of the minister’s decree was made available to VinoWire by blogger Alessandro Bindocci.
American ambassador to Italy, Ronald Spogli, also attended the conference, noting “We can rely on the Italian government to give the necessary guarantees in good faith. We take their certification as final. Everything’s in good shape now.”
Text of Article 1 of the decree (translation by VinoWire):
1. The Central Inspectorate for Quality Monitoring of Food and Farm Products — Firenze [Florence] Peripheral Area Office (subsequently ICQ [Central Quality Inspectorate, Firenze Office]) — is the official monitoring body designated to release declarations of the wine’s conformity with the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (hereinafter “declaration”).
2. The declaration will be released by the ICQ Firenze Office in response to a request made by companies that export DOCG Brunello to the United States of America.
3. The declaration (which must follow guidelines attached to this decree) must include an original and two copies, reporting the same protocol number and date.
The decree also states that producers will receive certification no later than 15 days after samples and applications are submitted to the inspectorate.