On his Italian-language blog Vino al Vino, VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani has just reported that today the Brunello producers association has postponed voting on proposed appellation regulation changes that would have allowed producers to use grapes other than Sangiovese in their Rosso di Montalcino.
The decision to postpone the vote, announced in the association’s general assembly today, came in the wake of numerous “open letters” protesting and advising against the proposed change. The letters were signed by the owners of iconic, high-profile wineries and were addressed to the body’s 15-member technical advisory committee (chaired by president Ezio Rivella).
According to VinoWire’s sources in Montalcino, the decision to postpone the vote was based on a will to find a “solution” that reflected the unanimous will of the association’s members. But some observers speculate that proponents feared they would lose the vote scheduled for today.