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China imports Brunello di Montalcino

BrunellBrunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino riserva and Rosso di Montalcino are about to land in China. The 200 years old prestigious Italian winery run by the Monti-Santi family is going to take to China a fine selection of its wines in cooperation with one of China’s leading wine import companies,  ASC.

All the wine lovers in the world know Brunello di Montalcino. The international classic is not a novelty for China where it is already known amongst the finest wines of the world in a market  dominated by French wines.  Chinese wine lovers have refined taste and the number of people who drink, collect  and cherish prestigious wines is constantly growing in China.

In 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Casanova Neri Tenuta nuova was awarded the best world wine by “WineSpectator”. The recognition brought the Brunello to its peak of popularity in international oenology.

This popular wine is produced in the entire territory of the municipality of Montalcino (about 24,000 hectares) delimited by the rivers Ombrone, Asso and Orcia.

The Brunello di Montalcino is produced and distributed with only two names:  Brunello di Montalcino or Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.

Brunello di Montalcino should not be confused with another wine produced from grapes cultivated in the same area, or with the Rosso di Montalcino.

The differences between these wines are due to the type of grapes used and processing methods. In any case, the Brunello, Brunello Gran Riserva, Rosso, Moscadello and Sant'Antimo are produced with grapes coming exclusively from the hills surrounding Montalcino.

Red wine of great class of noble origins, Brunello di Montalcino officially appeared in the mid-nineteenth century when Clemente Santi, chemist and pharmacist, made a selection of the grape variety Sangiovese Grosso, the most suitable for producing a high-quality wine .

In 1870 at an exhibition in Siena the first bottles of Brunello of the year 1863 and 1865 were presented. From this moment on, a series of experiments looking for a superior wine for aging began.

 The harvests of 1888 and 1891 decreed the success of this wine, that for the limited production, up to the Nineties, is known only to a small circle of connoisseurs.

In the twenties and thirties just a few companies  bottled this wine regularly.

After the war, with the progressive abandonment of the countryside, Brunello became once more a rare wine, difficult to find and therefore expensive.

In the sixties, with the contributions of the EEC and the revival of agriculture, in addition to the passing of the law on Doc, the vineyards in the Montalcino area were re-planted.

With the granting of the Denomination of Origin Controlled and the establishment of a consortium of protection, the production of Brunello took an important step forward. With the conversion of the vineyards and the modernization of the cellars the Brunello began to be valued and commercialized, and within a few years new companies were added to those already involved in the market.

In 1980 it was given to Brunello, for the first time in Italy, the DOCG, a prestigious award that marked a further advancement of national and international fame.

Due to its characteristics, the Brunello di Montalcino bears long aging, improving over time. Hard to say how many years it improves in the bottle. This depends on the year and from the mode of conservation. They range from a minimum of 10 years up to 30 years of aging, it can be preserved even longer and it should be stored in the right way: in a cool cellar, and especially at a constant temperature, in the dark, without noises and odours around.

Giulia Lombardo

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