Sagrantino cru designation study gets go-ahead

The Sagrantino di Montefalco Producers Association has received the green-light from Italy’s Agriculture Ministry to launch a study of proposed cru designations for the appellation. A commission of Italian and foreign experts, researchers, enologists, and journalists will be announced shortly, according to a statement released by the association.

The “pilot project” has been approved by the Italian Agricultural Ministry and will carried out in collaboration with the University of Florence. The model will be that of the French cru system.

Wine produced within the Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG will be classified according to 3 criteria: quality, notoriety, and price of the individual bottlings. The project was approved on December 19, 2008, by a ministerial decree that authorized a study for new classification system for the wines of Montefalco, to be conducted within the parameters of the current DOCG.

Results of the study, to be spearheaded by Professor Vincenzo Zampi (Department of Economy, University of Florence), will made available by the end of the 2010.

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2 thoughts on “Sagrantino cru designation study gets go-ahead

  1. This sounds like an idea to get more publicity for Sagrantino, which is a good thing. Sagrantino di Montefalco is one of Italy’s gems and just doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

    But do we need a cru evaluation of Sagrantino di Montefalco? Isn’t this putting the cart before the horse? Given that so few consumers know about this wine, it seems a better idea would be to spend the money on tastings and dinners organized by the producers. They already have the DOCG designation- why are crus necessary?

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