Agriculture minister relieves Brunello association of oversight duties

In a decree signed into law today, Italy’s Minister of Agriculture, Luca Zaia, officially relieved the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello producers association) of its oversight duties and appointed a three-member committee to monitor the appellation. According to a report published today by Decanter.com, the president of the Consorzio, Francesco Marone-Cinzano (evidently unaware of the government’s decree at the time), intends to move forward with its own plans for monitoring the appellation.

According to the carefully worded document issued today by office of the minister, the decree sets forth a “guarantee committee responsible for the coordination and supervision of monitoring activities for the DOCG wine Brunello di Montalcino and the DOC wines Rosso di Montalcino, Moscadello di Montalcino, and Sant’Antimo.” The new body will oversee the appellation for a period of six months from today.

The board will answer directly to the minister and will be comprised of: Dr. Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, president of Federdoc (National Federation of Voluntary Consortia for the Oversight of Italian Wine Appellations); Professor Vasco Boatto, director of Enology, Department of Agronomy, University of Padua); and Dr. Fulvio Mattivi, director of the analysis laboratory Istituto di San Michele all’Adige (the institute of enology, province of Trento).

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3 thoughts on “Agriculture minister relieves Brunello association of oversight duties

  1. Another lame move on the part of a government plagued with hubris.

    Start digging the hole, the coffin is getting nailed down now.

    Thanks Doctor Zaia!

  2. Does not the G of DOCG mean that the government garantees the DOC, through a Consorzio?
    It seems the Consorzio has not been able to fulfill this commitment, so that the governement entrusts this responsability to another body, at least remporarily, does not seems to me a “lame move”.
    Anything that can restore the image and respectability of this grand wines that are Brunello is welcome, for me.One can discuss the ways and means, but the goal should be clear: Italian wine deserves better administration so that its obvious qualities – and identities – can be recognised

  3. Pingback: Brunello Group’s Authority Usurped - The Pour Blog - NYTimes.com

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