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The year-long brunello di Montalcino investigation has finally drawn some conclusions, reports the NY Times. [NY Times] Read:
First, the seven wineries investigated by the Italian authorities were identified. They were: Antinori, Argiano, Banfi, Casanova di Neri, Marchese de Frescobaldi, Biondi Santi and Col d’Orcia.
Biondi Santi and Col d’Orcia were cleared of any wrongdoing.
The remaining five wineries were cited by the Italian authorities for having used unauthorized grapes to make their wines. Brunello di Montalcino is required to be 100 percent sangiovese. According to the official findings of the investigation, 17 people in the industry were found to have committed some form of transgression, from cheating in commercial transactions to falsely certifying public documents.
Both Banfi and Argiano are protesting the findings. The other three wineries have not commented.