Traceability of Sangiovese in Montalcino: the Consortium holds a convention

Tracing the Sangiovese contained in each bottle of Brunello in order provide a scientific guarantee of its origin. This is the challenge posed by the Consortium of Brunello, which – for the very first time – gathers in Montalcino the foremost experts in the field to discuss the methods that can currently be used to scientifically trace a wine as particular as Brunello. An ambitious objective, a further sign of excellence and attention towards the market of great Italian oenology.

The appointment is for Friday, 24th May, starting from 9.00 am at the Teatro degli Astrusi in Montalcino, with the convention “Traceability of Sangiovese in Montalcino: Research and Experimentation for Origin Identification”, where winemakers, specialists and oenologists will meet to discuss the results of the research performed by teams of experts who have worked using the anthocyanin profile method, the stable isotope method and DNA testing.

The convention will be live streamed on the homepage of the Consortium site and on the blog. Furthermore, to participate in the discussion, you can send in your questions to the Consortium’s email address Requests may be submitted from 9.00 am on Monday, 20th May to 11.30 am on Friday, 24th May.

The Chairman of Federdoc Riccardo Ricci Curbastro will partake in the event. His presence underscores the fact that traceability of grapes is a topic of utmost interest throughout the world of oenology, and that Montalcino has consolidated its position as example-setter in the scenario of Italian DOCG wines.

As pointed out by Fabrizio Bindocci, Chairman of the Consortium, “the fame and prestige gained by Brunello have made us strive to be also at the forefront of traceability on an international level. We are selling a dream, so we need to certify it, and we want to be the first to do so scientifically. We will propose our method, but are open to other methods. Yet, we wish to stress the fact that all are important provided they can be scientifically demonstrated”.

Convention Programme:

After the greetings and opening remarks of Mr Fabrizio Bindocci, Chairman of the Consortium of Brunello, and Mr Silvio Franceschelli, Mayor of Montalcino, the convention will focus on the following topics:

–      “Controls and Consumer Protection”

Speaker: Emilio Gatto, General Director of Prevention and Contrast of Frauds in the Agri-food Sector, ICQRF Department (Central Inspectorate for the Protection of Quality and the Suppression of Fraud in Agri-food Products), Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies

–      “Controls and Protection of Winemakers and their Consortia”

Speaker: Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, Chairman of Federdoc

–      “Traceability of Sangiovese for the Production of Brunello di Montalcino Using the Anthocyanin Profile Method”

Speaker: Fulvio Mattivi, Edmund Mach Foundation, Institute of San Michele all’Adige

–      “Genetic Fingerprinting of Grape Varieties in Wine by DNA Testing”

Speaker: Rita Vignani, Serge Genomics, Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena

–      “Traceability of Sangiovese in Brunello di Montalcino Wine by DNA Testing”

Speaker: Stella Grando, Edmund Mach Foundation, Institute of San Michele all’Adige

–      “Traceability of the Origin of Brunello di Montalcino Wine with the Stable Isotope Method”

Speaker: Federica Camin, Edmund Mach Foundation, Institute of San Michele all’Adige

Conclusive remarks by Gianni Salvadori, Councillor for Agriculture, Tuscany Regional Government.


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