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Consorzio del vino Brunello Di Montalcino

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53024 Montalcino, Italy
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Director: Michele Fontana
President: Fabrizio Bindocci
Area of Responsibility: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Region, Territory, Appellation: What is in a name? The origin of the name Montalcino is shrouded in mystery. It may come from Mons Lucinus, the Latin name for mount of Lucina, after the Roman goddess. Others, instead, link the name to Mons Ilcinus (Mount of the Lecci, Italian for holm oaks). The image of three holm oaks on the Montalcino town coat of arms would suggest the latter theory.

Over the centuries, Montalcino faced fierce military conflict, first against Siena, but later allied with Siena against Florence.

Considered an impenetrable stronghold, Montalcino was protected by walls and a great fortress. When Cosimo de’ Medici took over the city in 1559, the town was the last independent municipality in Italy.

The terroir of Montalcino offers optimum conditions for the production of high quality wine. Archaeological finds dating to the Etruscan age would suggest that wine has been made here for over two thousand years.

During the Middle Ages, regulations established how wine was to be made, stating clearly when grapes were to be harvested. From then on, even during the siege of 1553, there was no shortage of wine. Throughout history, foreign visitors and Italians alike have commented on the exceptional quality of the wine from this area. "Montalcino is not particularly famous, except for the goodness of its wines” (Charles Thompson, 1744).
The Consortium of Brunello di Montalcino was founded in 1967, just after the DOC designation, as a free association of vignerons whose aim was to safeguard their product and emphasize its best qualities.

The Consortium has fostered bringing together old and new wineries, small and large alike, united by the common goals of respect for nature and the desire to make the best quality wine
The Consortium organizes events in Italy and abroad, and facilitates the participation of member winemakers in trade fairs. It manages public relations and the image of Montalcino wines through its press office, and distributes news and information through the official website, with numerous publications in several languages.

Behind-the-scenes promotion is an important aspect of the business, catering to press and opinion-makers from the wine sector. Among its many activities, the Consortium also organizes wine tastings, sampling events and tours. Important assistance is given to members vis-à-vis the standards that govern wine production.

The Grapevine Classification Board of Siena issued a report on a particular Brunello that had been aged for 32 years from grapes harvested in 1843. It states that the wine was perfectly preserved, displaying its typical qualities, unchanged over time.

The founding father of Brunello di Montalcino was Clemente Santi. In 1869, his 1865 vintage was awarded a silver medal by the Agrarian Committee of Montepulciano. In the years following, this Brunello was awarded other significant international recognition, and was preferred to French wine even in Paris and Bordeaux.

For several years, Brunello remained a prestigious wine, the province of just a few refined connoisseurs. Only in the second half of the 20th century did it transition from an exquisite delicacy known by the elite to an international symbol of the finest Italian wine.
With the introduction of the DOC quality appellation (Denomination of Origin Controlled), Brunello rose to the ra...
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There are following wineries in this association:

Abbadia Ardenga Producer Torrenieri (SI) Albatreti Producer Montalcino (SI) Az. Agr. La Fortuna Producer Montalcino Az. Agr. Le Gode di Ripaccioli Claudio Producer Montalcino Il Valentiano Producer Montalcino La Palazzetta - Flavio Fanti Producer Montalcino Palazzo dei F.lli Loia Producer Montalcino
Agostina Pieri Producer Montalcino
Az. Ag. Chiusa Grossa Producer Montalcino (SI)
Az. Agr. Capanna di Cencioni Producer Montalcino
Az. Agr. Sesta di Sopra - Bandirola Enrica Producer Castelnuovo dell'Abate
Banfi Producer Montalcino
Carpineto Producer Greve in Chianti
Castello Tricerchi Montalcino Producer Montalcino
Cordella Producer Montalcino
La Magia Producer Montalcino
Poggio Il Castellare Producer Montalcino (SI)
Rabissi Producer Montalcino (SI)
SassodiSole Producer Montalcino
TIEZZI Producer Montalcino (SI)
Tenuta di Sesta Producer Castelnuovo dell'Abate Montalcino (SI)
Tenute Piccini Producer Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Villa I Cipressi Producer Montalcino
Villa le Prata Producer Montalcino

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