Recently the town of Montalcino hosted the 50th Annual Benvenuto Brunello, unveiling the new vintages of Brunello di Montalcino (2011 Brunello and 2010 Riserva) to the journalists and the trade. The four-day event held in the Museum of Montalcino featured over 150 wineries showing their wines for nearly 6,000 excited visitors looking to try these acclaimed vintages.
During the event, the Consortium unveiled the number of stars assigned to the 2015 vintage, which has been rated 5 stars. Also, as is the tradition at Benvenuto Brunello, wine shops and restaurants that have been high supporters of Montalcino wines are awarded with the Leccio d’Oro award. This year’s recipients are the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada, Enoteca Molesini in Cortona, Ristorante Del Posto in New York City and Convivio Troiani in Rome.
Also, every year a tile celebrating the vintage and its rating is painted by artists or personalities. To commemorate the historic 50th anniversary of the Brunello appellation, 5 contemporary painters have been chosen: Sandro Chia, Pino Deodato, Bertozzi & Casoni, Gian Marco Montesano and Mimmo Paladino. These artisan tiles will be prominently displayed on the wall of the town hall in Montalcino. In the photo above, Fabrizio is sitting in front of the wall of previously commissioned Benvenuto Brunello tiles.