Consortium Brunello di Montalcino

The Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino Wine was founded in 1967, on the morn of its being branded a D.O.C. wine, as a free association between winemakers bent on safeguarding their wine and on accentuating its qualities. The Consortium has favored the onset of a productive fabric made of old and new, small and large winemaking firms alike, brought together by the common interest of respecting nature and aspiring to the highest quality of wine.

The Consortium organizes events in Italy and abroad, as well as participation by winemakers in trade fairs. It manages public relations and the image of Montalcino wines through its press office, and distributes news and information on an official website, with numerous publications in several languages. A business more in the shadows but no less important is the assistance service provided to specialized press and to opinion makers, to which it caters with organized wine tasting and sampling events and tours. The assistance given to members on the standards that govern wine production are just as important.

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Montalcino, a territory made for wine

Montalcino lies in Tuscany, in central Italy, about forty kilometers South of the city of Siena, in the hill-lands of an uncontaminated landscape. A land of farms with an ancient history and of rare beauty which, since 2004, is enlisted among the locations of Heritage of mankind by Unesco.

The territory of Montalcino consists of one tall hill, mostly covered by forests. Farm cultivations are a mix of vineyards, olive groves, and seeded crops, with a large number of stone buildings that are a witness to centuries of cultivations in these lands.

Montalcino and its hamlets Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Sant'Angelo, and Torrenieri are small cities of art with an overall population just a little over five thousand inhabitants.The area where the Montalcino wines are made lies within the confines of the Municipality of Montalcino. A district of 24,000 hectares, of which a mere 15% is occupied by vineyards. It is a pretty much squared area, the sides of which are bordered by the rivers Ombrone, Asso, and Orcia.
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Montalcino, a few words on the history

Between the 12th and 16th century, Montalcino was contended in fierce military battles, first waged against Siena and later, after 1260, allied with Siena against Florence.The small but bold town of Montalcino was thought to be an impenetrable stronghold, protected by walls and by a great fortress. This is why, when the inhabitants of Montalcino handed over the keys of the city to the representatives of Cosimo de' Medici in 1559, the town had been the last to survive as an independent municipality in Italy.

The territory of Montalcino has a natural vocation for the production of wines of the best quality, which has been renown for over two thousand years: evidence thereof and that Montalcino was a place where wine was made is given by the many archeological findings that date as far back as the Etruscan age.
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Montalcino and it's Brunello

The founding father of the Brunello of Montalcino was, without a doubt, Clemente Santi. In 1869, a Choice Wine (Brunello) of his from the grape harvest of 1865 was awarded a silver medal by the Agrarian Committe of Montepulciano. In the years that follow, the Brunello is awarded other important international acknowledgments, being preferred over French red wines even in Paris and Bordeaux.

For several years, the Brunello remained a rare wine reserved to only few refined connoisseurs. Only in the second half of the 20th century did it change from being an exquisite delicacy available to elite members to becoming a universal symbol worldwide of the finest Made in Italy.

With the introduction of the DOC quality brand (a guarantee of origin attributed to Italian wines), the Brunello is brought to the forefront and numbers amongst the first eight wines to which the "denominazione di origine" or "guarantee of origin" is conferred.In 1966, the Brunello of Montalcino becomes a DOC wine, and a year later, its own Consortium is founded. In 1980, it is the first wine to be branded a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, a guarantee of superior origin reserved to selected wines in Italy), and from that moment onward, all of its bottles are sealed with a seal of the State that guarantees their origin.
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