In hopes of resolving the recent Brunello controversy, agricultural minister Luca Zaia has appointed a three-member panel of Italian wine experts and enologists to test and certify that wines produced in Montalcino and labeled as Brunello di Montalcino are 100% Sangiovese grapes (in according with the appellation laws). At Montalcino report, we are sure that there are only a small number of producers who have not respected the appellation laws and we support the minister’s decision to bring in three outside experts (none of whom own wineries in Montalcino) to resolve the recent crisis.
The minister has also been meeting with a delegation from the United States Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade bureau in response to the bureau’s May request for information. The bureau’s deadline for a response has been moved to June 23 and we are confident that Minister Zaia will soon rectify the situation. Minister Zaia also met with his American counterpart, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, during the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization summit in Rome earlier this month.