According to a report published today by wine writer Roberto Giuliani, an unspecified number of Montalcino producers will meet tomorrow to discuss five proposed changes in Montalcino appellation regulations. While details remain unclear, VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani was able to confirm that the meeting has been organized by the Siena Farmers Union. Five proposed amendments, writes Giuliani, are to be discussed:
Proposal 1: the allowance of up to 5% of grapes other than Sangiovese in Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino and the use of concentrated must and irrigation.
Proposal 2: lower yields and an increase in the amount of wine that does not have to be aged in wood.
Proposal 3: the allowance of up to 15% of red grapes (varieties currently authorized for cultivation in Tuscany) in Rosso di Montalcino.
Proposal 4: the creation of an overarching appellation, “Montalcino,” that would encompass the current Rosso, Moscadello, and Sant’Antimo designations and would allow for the use of indigenous and international grape varieties.
Proposal 5: the creation of a new designation, “Classico,” that would denote Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino made with 100% Sangiovese grapes.