Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino

Montalcino, Italy

Italy is a country renowned for its rich history, enchanting landscapes, delectable cuisine, and exquisite wines. At the forefront of the Italian wine industry stands the illustrious Brunello di Montalcino. Steeped in history, tradition, and a dedication to quality, this renowned wine owes much of its international prestige to the tireless efforts of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino.

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The Birth of the Consortium

In the aftermath of Brunello di Montalcino gaining the coveted Denomination of Origin Controlled (DOC) status in 1967, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino emerged as a voluntary association of vignerons. Comprising both long-standing and nascent wineries, large and small, the Consortium was united by a common purpose: the preservation and enhancement of Brunello di Montalcino’s exceptional qualities.

Over the decades, the Consortium has diligently nurtured the community of winemakers, playing a pivotal role in organizing events in Italy and abroad, facilitating participation in trade fairs, and managing public relations and image for Montalcino wines. Its commitment to sustaining industry standards and promoting their wine across different media, including its website and numerous publications, underscores the Consortium’s mission to represent and elevate the region’s unique product.

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Montalcino: The Land of Wine

Nestled forty kilometers south of Siena, the hilltop town of Montalcino offers a breathtaking view of Tuscany’s undulating landscape, its beauty earning a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 2004. This idyllic locale, adorned with vineyards, olive groves, and historic stone buildings, is more than a visual treat. Its terroir creates optimum conditions for the production of high-quality wine, a practice that archaeological finds suggest has a history dating back over two millennia.

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The Legacy of Brunello di Montalcino

The 19th century marked the dawn of Brunello di Montalcino’s illustrious story. Local farmers began experimenting with a native grape variety known as “Brunello” or “Brunellino”, later identified as a variety of Sangiovese. The resulting wine boasted an impressive aging potential, a trait that enhanced its value significantly.

Early recognition of Brunello di Montalcino’s potential emerged in the mid-19th century when Clemente Santi, considered the founding father of Brunello di Montalcino, received international recognition for his 1865 vintage. However, it wasn’t until the latter half of the 20th century that Brunello di Montalcino transitioned from a luxury enjoyed by a few connoisseurs to a symbol of Italy’s finest wines, garnering international acclaim.

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The introduction of the DOC quality appellation saw Brunello rise to the ranks of Italy’s most important wines. A year later, the Brunello Consortium was founded, and by 1980, Brunello was the first wine to receive the elevated Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed (DOCG) status.

Despite the limited production of Brunello di Montalcino hindering its export in the early years, the 1970s marked a turning point for the wine’s marketability. The post-1980 era heralded an unprecedented surge in the global recognition of Brunello, largely due to the increase in wineries and bottles produced. Montalcino became a pioneer in wine tourism, offering open cellars, guided tours, and a welcoming atmosphere to wine enthusiasts from around the globe. In a testament to the wine’s impeccable quality and the hard work of its producers, Brunello di Montalcino was listed among the 12 best wines of the 21st century by “Wine Spectator” in 1999. In 2006, it was crowned the absolute best in a worldwide ranking.

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Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

Today, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino stands as a beacon of Italian wine culture, embodying the steadfast commitment to quality, tradition, and innovation that defines the Italian wine industry. Guided by a shared passion and respect for nature, the Consortium continues to safeguard and promote Brunello di Montalcino, ensuring its legacy as an international symbol of Italian wine persists. The story of Brunello di Montalcino and its Consortium is, ultimately, a testament to the transformative power of community, tradition, and the art of winemaking.

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Video:  Brunello di Montalcino vintage 2022

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