Last week, the Italian Ministry of Food, Agricultural and
Forestry Policies has extended the decree, signed in July 2008, which
established the procedures for monitoring Brunello di Montalcino wines by
Central Inspectorate for Monitoring. The extension of the decree will provide
the necessary certification in order to avoid any further impasse with the U.S.
TTB, which will not allow any Brunello di Montalcino to be imported unless
accompanied by a letter of certification (declaring that it has been made from 100% Sangiovese grapes). The extension of the decree was
signed by minister Luca Zaia and is valid until June 30, 2009.
Personally, I think that the extension is a great thing and it kills
several birds with just one stone, as we say in Italian (“prendere due
piccioni con una fava”). It helps to protect consumers and to safeguard
winemakers like us, who work honestly. It will also help to block the activity
of gray-marketers because if they do not have the certification and the TTB
audits them, their license will be revoked.