Montalcino producers postpone vote on proposed appellation change

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.

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7 thoughts on “Montalcino producers postpone vote on proposed appellation change

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  2. I have said this before and I ‘ll say it again, to the winemakers of Montalcino. Even for you to allow foreign
    grapes into your rosso would be a mistake. If you must allow some blending use high quality local varieties. You have a treasure chest of these grapes, grow them and produce them properly and you will be rewarded.

    Gregory Graziano

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  7. I read on the Polishwineguide.com: The Brunellogate affair is now ofaciiflly over, but tensions continue (including a recent rejected attempt at modifying the rules of Montalcino’s less expensive wine, Rosso di Montalcino, to allow other grapes than Sangiovese) . It’s true. On the next 7 september will be another assembly of producers. As on the Vinoalvino.org (Franco Ziliani’s blog) and Dobianchi.com (Jeremy Parzen’s blog), I also ask You what You think about an other new possible Rosso di Montalcino DOCG Superiore (with Sangiovese 100% and other requirements in the vineyard and winery) – my proposal – to incrise the unique character of Rosso di Montalcino, as other Consortium did for Aglianico del Vulture Superiore, Asolo Prosecco Superiore, Barbera d’Asti Superiore, Barbera del Monferrato Superiore, Bardolino Superiore, Cesanese del Piglio Superiore, Conegliano valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore, Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore, Soave Superiore, Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze, Valtellina Superiore, Vermentino di Gallura Superiore and so on in Italy. Practically to emptied the DOC Rosso di Montalcino always under discussion from the best wine, that could after accommodate changes of grapes composition in the DOC. In all italian DOC the generic name rosso specify a blend of two or many grapes. Only in Montalcino generic name want be accurately: this is not clarity

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