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Brunello di Montalcino wine producers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping Sangiovese as the only grape variety allowed in their bottles.

The vote comes as the iconic wine region looks to move on from accusations of fraud earlier this year.

In a vote held yesterday (27 October), 96% of producers present voted against making any changes to Brunello's production regulations, Brunello's ruling council announced today.

It called the vote in an attempt to end months of uncertainty and debate about production rules. A Brunello spokesperson told just-drinks today: "It is very important for producers that Brunello continues to be the wine it is now."

This month, Italian police cleared wine producer Castello Banfi of any wrongdoing in the Brunello di Montalcino fraud scandal. Banfi produces around 600,000 bottles.

Fraud police impounded several producers' stocks from the 2003 vintage this year, following allegations that they had supplemented their wines with grapes other than Sangiovese.

The scandal brought threats of an import ban from the US, but authorities' were placated after Italian ministers and Brunello's Consorzio agreed on a new quality guarantee system.


Sectors: Wine

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