In the wake of widespread rumors that Italy’s Treasury Department is poised to indict scores of Brunello producers on charges of fraud, VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani spoke with director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, Stefano Campatelli, who has confirmed that “irregularities” have been found in wines labeled as Brunello produced by at least twenty producers in Montalcino.
According to outside sources who have requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the investigation, that number could be as high as 80 or 90.
Campatelli did not deny or confirm rumors, first reported by Franco Ziliani on Friday, March 21, 2008, that scores of producers are about to be indicted on fraud charges by Italy’s Treasury Department after an investigation revealing the presence of Apulian-grown grapes in wines labeled as Brunello di Montalcino (the Brunello di Montalcino appellation requires that wines labeled as Brunello are made with 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown in Montalcino).
According to a March 6, 2008 report by the Corriere Fiorentino, fourteen persons have already been charged with labeling wines made with Apulian grapes as Tuscan, including Lamberto Frescobaldi, Director of Production of the Frescobaldi estate.
VinoWire reported the Frescobaldi indictments on March 10, 2008.