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Will the US ban imports of Brunello di Montalcino wines?

Par Vitisphere Le 21 mai 2008
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Will the US ban imports of Brunello di Montalcino wines?
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he fraudulent activity associated with the production of Brunello di Montalcino single grape variety wines has already upset Vinitaly. Around twelve producers are suspected of mixing Brunello 2003 with Merlot or other Southern Italian grape varieties. They are currently proclaiming their innocence and are protesting against the severe measures put in place by the Italian government, for example, stock seizures and a ban on selling the wine in question.

It is already evident how Brunello di Montalcino exports will be affected by such measures. For example, the United States, which buys 25% of Brunello di Montalcino exports, have threatened to block all imports from June 9th. From this date, all Italian DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines must come with a certificate of analysis to prove that the wine is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The threat was taken very seriously by the Italian authorities and the wine producers consortium”. The director of the consortium, Stefano Campatelli drew attention to the fact that it is actually very difficult to provide chemical proof that a wine is made from a single grape variety.

[ Source : Decanter ]

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