Winemakers in yet another Siena appellation have been accused of adulteration: according to a report published today in the in Corriere Fiorentino, the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Treasury Department) has launched an investigation and has seized wines produced by at least one producer in Montepluciano, Cooperativa Vecchia Cantina, whose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is believed to have been “cut” with wine sourced from “central and northern Italy.”
“I am not surprised,” said Luca Gattavecchi, president of the Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producers association) in a press release also issued today. “We know that the wines of Tuscany are under a magnifying glass.”
Gattavecchi, recently elected president of the Consorzio, was informed that his winery (Gattavecchi) is under investigation. Documents were also seized at the Cantina Vecchia Toscana, according to the report.
News of the investigation comes on the heels of the Siena prosecutor’s ongoing investigation of producers in Montalcino (scroll down for the latest news from Montalcino).