Opinion: Petition for Authentic and Traditional Brunello

The editors of VinoWire encourage you to read the below petition authored by the Siena Enoclub (translated here by VinoWire). Click here to sign the petition.

–Franco Ziliani and Jeremy Parzen

To: the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello producers association)


As a group of wine enthusiasts, we hereby ask for respect for the tradition of Sangiovese Grosso grown in Montalcino. Modern agriculture, with its massive use of chemicals, is threatening to impoverish the ground to the point of depriving it of its natural components. As a result, it could become incapable of surviving without substantial and frequent intravenous injections of chemicals. The moments has arrived to give greater incentives for better protection of the biological value of the earth using natural criteria.

We ask for respect for the traditional work cycle in the cellar. We ask for a halt to the use of must made from non-indigenous grapes, a halt to the use of selected yeasts, a halt to the excessive use of small barrels for aging, and a general halt to all practices that can undermine the natural and characteristic qualities of Brunello di Montalcino.

We seek rigorous monitoring by the supervising authorities and we express our hope for internal monitoring by the Consorzio [Brunello producers association] to ensure respect for these inexorable elements of tradition.

A denaturalized wine is a wine that dumbs down the less-evolved consumer’s taste and it alters trust between the informed consumer and the winemaker. That trust is the basis for a lasting commericial and human relationshiop and for the friendship between the production of one of the greatest wines of Tuscany, Italy, and the world: our beloved Brunello.

Enoclub Siena

Sincerely, The Undersigned
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