The website WineNews.it published the following statement yesterday, attributed to the website of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (translation by VinoWire). The editors of VinoWire have not been able to find the statement on the Consortium’s website. The editorial offices of WineNews.it are located in Montalcino and its contributors frequently report coverage of Consortium events and press releases.
In reference to recent website postings on alleged violations of regulations for the production of Brunello di Montalcino, the Oversight Consortium issues the following statements:
1) In regard to “rumors” that Montalcino producers have used southern Italian wines in their 2003 Brunello: we find it hard to believe that such a grave accusation is true and the Consortium has found no evidence whatsoever to support these claims.
2) In regard to the purity of Brunello vineyards, in 2007, the Consortium completed inspections of more than 1,667 hectares of registered vines [according to the statement, there are 2,000 registered hectares in the appellation – editor’s note]. These inspections, which began in 2004, have revealed only 17 hectares in non-compliance, 1% of the vineyards inspected. Therefore, we can confirm that at the end of 2007, more than 99% of vineyards registered in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation were in absolute compliance with production regulations.
The declared mandate of the administration of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino is the oversight of the wines of the four appellations of Montalcino. The Consortium has always carried out this task using monitoring tools required by law as well as more rigorous tools prescribed by the Consortium’s internal norms.
Source: Consorzio del [sic] Brunello di Montalcino [the consortium’s official title is Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino – editor’s note].