Every year the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino classifies the new wine production in order to Communicate the information regarding the Montalcino harvest and its wines Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Moscadello di Montalcino and Sant’Antimo.
The evaluation takes place in the months of January of every year, by having wine samples of the latest harvest undergo chemical/physical and organoleptic analyses.
The Tasting Committee that carries out the tests is made up of 20 technicians operating in Montalcino, with extensive experience in the production of this area.
Evaluation in stars of the vintages from 1945 to date
The evaluation is expressed in stars, corresponding to the following classification:
- insufficent vintage (one star)
- fair vintage (two stars)
- good vintage (three stars)
- exellent vintage (four stars)
- outstanding vintage (five stars)
The declaration of the stars assigned to the vintage takes place in February each year, as part of the event "BENVENUTO BRUNELLO".
Starting with the 1992 vintage, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino commissions a commemorative tile to place on the wall of the Town Hall in Montalcino. The tiles are created by people from the world of art, sport and show business, Italians and foreigners alike. The tiles are ceramic, measure 30x30 cm and include the reference year and the number of stars assigned.
The plaques are hung in February each year during the event "BENVENUTO BRUNELLO".