Benvenuto Brunello 2017 in Montalcino: Notes from the Consortium


Benvenuto Brunello took place in Montalcino last weekend. Each year, the Montalcino event represents the largest gathering of Brunello producers in the world and it offers guests a unique opportunity to taste the new vintages and to interact with winemakers and wine world celebrities.

This year’s event was dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the Brunello consortium, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino.

And this year’s event marked the first time that consumers were also allowed to attend (in the past, only trade members were admitted).

The featured wines at this year’s event were the 2012 Brunello, the 2011 Brunello Riserva 2011, and the 2015 Rosso di Montalcino. New vintages of Moscadello and Sant’Antimo were also presented by producers.

We wanted to share these data posted on the Consortium’s website.

    The export sector is stable compared to last year, settling at 70% of the total production. The foreign market is being driven by the target countries: the United States (over 30%), followed by Europe (with the U.K., Germany and Switzerland at the lead) at 20%, the Asian markets (China, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.) which account for 15%, Canada (12%) and Central and South America (8%). The remaining 15% is taken up by other markets.
    As far as production is concerned, 13,932,000 bottles were produced in 2016, subdivided as follows: 9,100,000 Brunello, 4,500,000 Rosso, 300,000 Sant’Antimo and 32,000 Moscadello. A slight contraction compared to last year (-4.71%) due to the lower number of bottles placed on the market, which was in turn due to a lower grape production in 2011. The turnover of the vine-growing and wine producing sector in Montalcino settled around €170 million.

The Consortium has done a great job in recent years of publishing truly useful information for those who sell and write about Brunello and wines from Tuscany. We highly encourage you to check out their site.

And for the complete release, please visit the Consortium’s post here. It includes tasting notes from a handful of leading American wine experts (definitely worth the read).

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