Brunello producers association announces creation of a “Guarantee Board”

Following the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello producers association) plenary session Friday, May 30, the group of 256 affiliated Brunello producers has announced the creation of a “Board di Garanzia” or Guarantee Board that will submit future vintages of Brunello di Montalcino to rigorous testing and certification. In a press release issued on the Consorzio’s website the day after the meeting, the group hailed the formation of the body as “epic turning point” and “milestone” in the history of Italian viticulture since no such oversight commission exists in the panorama of Italian viticulture.

The proposed “board” is the result of meetings between the Consorzio and undersecretary of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture Antonio Bonfiglio. To be composed of three persons (as of yet undetermined), the board will be responsible for monitoring and “guaranteeing” the following:

  • the purity of Sangiovese in Brunello
  • conformity of viticultural practices, from the vineyard to production
  • traditional aging in wood [cask]
  • characteristic qualities and origin of the wine in territorial terms
  • [Editor’s note: the above translation faithfully reflects the wording of the original.]

    Guidelines for the appointment of board members were not specified but the board will include “internationally renowned technical specialists,” according the statement.

    The statement did not directly address the upcoming visit of a delegation from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade bureau or the bureau’s June 23 deadline for a response to its request for information regarding the Brunello controversy. However, the authors of the statement observed that the formation of the board “heads in the direction of a response to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade bureau’s request” for information.

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