Errata corrige: VinoWire originally reported that a vote was held to determine whether or not IGTs would be included in the vintage debut; in fact, the body’s president decided to retract the offer after a discussion of the issue was held during a general assembly of the body this morning.
The Chianti Classico producers association has decided not to allow member producers to present IGT or so-called Super Tuscan wines at the annual presentation of the appellation’s new vintage, to be held in Florence in February 2011.
The decision was reported by VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani on his blog.
According to reports previously published in Italy (notably by Mr. Ziliani and by Enoclub Siena), the producers association had offered its members the option of presenting IGT wines (i.e., wines that did not meet Chianti Classico appellation requirements) for an additional fee of Euro 50 per wine.
The sea change represents a victory for proponents of traditional winemaking — including wine bloggers and winemakers — who vehemently opposed the inclusion of IGT wines within the framework of the appellation’s official new vintage release debut, held annually in Florence.
According to anecdotal reports obtained by VinoWire editors, members of the producers association also voted against proposed changes in appellation regulations that would have created a new and “less restrictive” DOC intended to accommodate the production of “Supertuscans” [sic]. (Proposed changes had been previously published by the finance and politics blog Il Fatto Quotidiano in a post entitled “Chianti Classico Masochism?”.)