The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino has produced a short guide called 'Montalcino - I Suoi Vini'. Inside is everything you need to know about the territory, history, production and even commercial evolution of their famous wines.
Montalcino and her wines
Here are seven things we did not know about Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and Moscadello di Montalcino.
The Consorzio was founded in 1967 as soon as the wine gained D.O.C. status. Around 98% of the wine producers of the territory are part of the Consorzio.
The Comune di Montalcino is practically a circle with a 16km diameter. 8% of the land is dedicated to vines, of which a little over half to Brunello di Montalcino production.
The nearby Monte Amiata creates a natural barrier and the majority of the estates do not experience fog or ice.
A good Brunello must be at least 10 years old, while a Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C. is to be finished young.
The dessert wine Moscadello di Montalcino D.O.C. is produced in three variations: 'tranquillo', 'frizzante' and 'vendemmia tardiva'.
In 1975, 25 wine estates produced 800,000 bottles of Brunello di Monalcino. 20 years later 120 estates produced 3.5 million bottles.
Both Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino can only be commercialized if packed in 'bordolese' bottles.
And not forgetting Sant'Antimo.
Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino
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