Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies has published the following statement on its website. Translation by VinoWire.
“Brunello is not just wine. It is an important calling card for ‘Made in Italy’ products throughout the world. It must be safeguarded and valued. On Thursday in Montalcino, I will present a decree that will allow us once and for all to move past the looming U.S. import block and to restore perceptions of this extraordinary product of our land. The absolutely innovative solution will most likely be used as the format in the future.”
This statement was made by the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies, Luca Zaia, who has announced that he will travel to Montalcino on July 3 to meet U.S. Ambassador Ronald Spogli and hold a press conference.
The press conference is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. at the Costanti Colle al Matrichese winery in Montalcino. At that time, Minister Zaia and Ambassador Spogli will meet with the press and will comment on their respective positions on the resolution of this matter.
“I had promised that I would not remain closed up in the offices of the Ministry and that I would head to the field [so to speak] to deal with our country’s agricultural and farming issues. My visit to Montalcino,” said Zaia, “is part of this new approach and it shows that once again the Minister is ready, if necessary, to leave Rome to stand side-by-side with producers and to help them resolve their problems.”