Rosso di Montalcino stays 100% Sangiovese
Producers in Montalcino, Italy have overwhelmingly rejected proposals to use grapes other than Sangiovese in Rosso di Montalcino put forward by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. The proposals, put forward by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, were also to allow irrigation and change current vineyard regulations. The majority of Consorzio members attended the Assembly and 69% voted against the changes.
The proposals would have split Rosso di Montalcino, the ‘second’ denomination to Brunello di Montalcino, into three tiers of Sangiovese Superiore, Sangiovese (both 100% Sangiovese) and the third level a basic Rosso di Montalcino, containing a minimum of 85% Sangiovese with 15% other ‘authorised red grapes’ in the blend.