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Consorzio Vini Cortona

THE CONSORTIUM

 

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Initiated in the spring of 2000, the Consortium carries out the function of controlling and protecting the wines of D.O.C. Cortona and diffuses this knowledge by way of efficacious cultural, informative and promotional activities. It protects the image and prestige of its name with continuous quality controls and undertakes initiatives of a cultural nature inclined to make Cortona, its territory, and wines known throughout the world.

At present, there are 29 co-associated companies, which nearly represent the total amount of producers. Among them are a number of brands born and deeply-rooted in the region, others are of a more recent tradition and others still of international importance. The fact that these latter ones have given much credit to the territory of Cortona, enough to make it the centre of substantial investments, is flattering.
The environmental conditions, natural predisposition of the places and the land, tradition and culture of wine have inclined the spreading of high quality viticulture and the production of wines of great value.

The Consortium has the duty of interpreting, transmitting and guaranteeing this quality.

 

Il Consiglio d'Amministrazione del Consorzio Vini Cortona eletto dall'Assemblea dei Soci è così composto:
Marco Giannoni - Presidente
Chiara Vinciarelli - Vicepresidente
Felice Baldetti - Consigliere
Gianfrancesco Baldetti - Consigliere
Fernando Cattani - Consigliere
Adriano Giuliarini - Consigliere
Fabrizio Romanelli - Consigliere
Hans Ensing - Consigliere
Filippo Calabresi - Consigliere

 

Il Collegio Sindacale è così composto:
Roberto Egidi - Presidente
Enzo Banini
Enrico Viti


La Struttura tecnica del Consorzio Vini Cortona è così composta:

Laura Albano - Segretaria
Almapress - Ufficio Stampa

 

THE REGULATIONS

 

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Art. 1. Denomination of the Wines

The controlled place of origin (DOC) ‘Cortona’ is reserved to the wines that correspond to the prescribed requirements of the present regulations of production, for the following types: Rosso, Chardonnay, Grechetto, Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Vin Santo, Vin Santo Riserva and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice.




Art. 2. Ampelography


"Cortona" Rosso:
Syrah from 50% to 60%, Merlot from 10% to 20%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 30%.


"Cortona" Chardonnay:
Chardonnay: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Grechetto:
Grechetto: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Sauvignon:
Sauvignon: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Cabernet Sauvignon and "Cortona" Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva:
Cabernet Sauvignon: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Merlot and "Cortona" Merlot Riserva:
Merlot: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Sangiovese and "Cortona" Sangiovese Riserva:
Sangiovese: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Syrah and "Cortona" Syrah Riserva:
Syrah: minimum 85%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries and non-aromatic, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 15%.

 

"Cortona" Vin Santo and “Cortona” Vin Santo Riserva:
Tuscan Trebbiano, Grechetto and Malvasia Bianca Lunga: jointly or alone, minimum 80%, grapes from other vines, having white berries, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 20%.

 

"Cortona" Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice:
Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera: jointly or alone, minimum 80%, grapes from other vines, having similar coloured berries, may be combined for the production of the said wine, recommended and/or authorised by the Province of Arezzo, up to a maximum of 20%.




Art. 3. Area of Production of the Grapes

The area of production of grapes, presently certifying the production of wines from controlled place of origin “Cortona” falls on the Province of Arezzo and includes lands predisposed to quality from the territory administration of the municipality of Cortona.  Such area is highly delimited: from the locality Villa le Fosse, situated on the provincial road of Lauretana, west of Val Trito bridge on Torrente Mucchia and proceeding clockwise on the imaginary line situated at 260 m.a.s.l. in a south-easterly direction skirting the hills of S. Lorenzo Rinfrena, Molinaccio until the farm Le Caselle in the vicinity of the fraction of Petraia.  From the said farm, always keeping the same altitude of 260 m.a.s.l. in the direction of the farm Landrucci, proceed until coming across the railway tracks in the built-up area of Terontola.  From this point, following the right-side line of the track Firenze-Roma in a southern direction until finding the municipality border in the vicinity of Casa Borgino.  Follow the municipality border in a westerly direction for the whole stretch to the border with Umbria and successively with the Province of Siena in the direction of the locality of Fasciano, situated on the extreme west of the municipality border.  Always following this direction, on the west of the locality of Fasciano, the same imaginary line at 260 m.a.s.l. can be taken to skirt the hills of Fasciano and Poggio Martino and subsequently Gabbiano, Fusigliano, Poppello, Il Loggio, Rione and Poggio di Chiana, and always at the cited level, in the direction of Cignano and subsequently skirt S. Martino alla Ruota and La Chianacce.  Still on the referred level, from Chianacce in the direction of Farneta and continuing to Poggio Bello until closing the whole hilly territory of the close oriented on the west.  Following the said 260 m.a.s.l., proceed north in the direction of Opiello, Podere S. Giovanni, until the fraction of Creti and turn towards east until you go round the hill of Ronzano and Fratticciola and south-east in the direction of Manzano skirting the hills of Gaggiole and Lombriciano and those of Montecchio until Vecchia Fornace and beyond, until the hills of Fondaccio where, always at 260 m.a.s.l., Villa Le Fosse is seen; starting point.  With the exception of the expanse, corresponding to the railway track and the municipality border for the whole described perimeter, which can only be attested at 260 m.a.s.l.  From the church of Mezzavia on the crossroad between s.s. 71 and the municipality border of Cortona with that of Castiglion Fiorentino, proceed clockwise for the said municipality border in a northern direction up until Casa La Ripa di Sotto where the imaginary line of 700 m.a.s.l. is met.  Turning towards southeast and proceeding on the imaginary altitude of 700 m.a.s.l. delimiting all the hills which, seen from below, are on the left and subsequently on the right of the city of Cortona, until reaching Poggio alla Croce uphill of Valico di Mercatale on the provincial road with the same name.  From this point, follow the crest line that forms the watershed between the basins of Torrente Esse (Arno basin) and the Fosso di Rifalcio (Tevere basin).  From the said crest, uphill from Podere Renali until the municipality border of Cortona with the municipality of Tuoro sul Trasimeno.  Follow the border in a westerly direction until reaching, uphill of the locality Borghetto, the railway track of Terontola-Perugia.  Keep to the right side of the said railway track, in the direction of Terontola until the latter locality where the said railway joins the Roma-Firenze line.  Follow the track Roma-Firenze in the direction of Firenze until reaching a country road downhill from Podere via Cupa.  Follow this road until coming across the municipality road Mucchia-Ossaia taking the direction of Ossaia to reach, after the crossroad with ss.71, the municipality road that leads to Campaccio.  Follow the said way until the bridge on the stream, Esse, where the municipality road runs along the said stream, proceeding in the direction of Camucia until inserting on ss.71.  From this point, follow ss.71 in a northern direction for the whole way on the territory of Cortona until Chiesa di Mezzavia; starting point.  From the church of S. Agata alla Fratta situated at 260 m.a.s.l., proceed clockwise on the imaginary line towards west and skirt the hills of Fratta and S.Caterina and subsequently, always at the same altitude, bending north and then east delimiting the two hills until the church of Fratta; starting point.





Art. 4. Regulations for Viticulture

4.1 – Natural Environmental Conditions
Environmental conditions of the vineyards, destined for the production of wines from controlled place of origin (D.O.C.) Cortona, have to be normal in the area and certified to confer the grapes with specific characteristics of quality. Excessively humid and insufficiently sunny lands are to be excluded.

4.2 – Density of Plantation
For new plantations and re-plantations, the density of vinestocks per hectare must not be inferior to 3,300.

4.3 – Types of Growing and Restoration of Installation
The permitted types of plant growing are saplings, spur pruning, cane and arched cane pruning, and in general, the types of growing already used in the area, with the exclusion of extended types of growing. Restoration of the plant is adequate to the type of growing.

4.4 - Pruning System
Pruning, taking into consideration the above-mentioned growing of the vines, must be long, short and mixed.

4.5 - Irrigation, Forcing
Any form of straining is not allowed. Relief irrigation is permitted.

4.6 – Yield per hectare and natural minimum volume
The maximum production of grapes per hectare and the natural minimum volume is as follows :

 

Type Produzione uva
  (tonnellate) 

Titolo alcolometrico
volumico tonn/ettaro
naturale minimo % vol
Cortona D.O.C.

Titolo alcolometrico volumico
tonn/ettaro naturale minimo % vol
Cortona D.O.C. Riserva

Rosso  10 12,00  
Chardonnay  11,00   
Ghrechetto  11,00   
Sauvignon  11,00   
Cabernet Sauvignon  12,00  12,5 

Merlot 

12,00 12,5 
Sagiovese  12,00  12,5 
Syrah  12,00  12,5 
Vin Santo  13  13
Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice  8 13   

 

Even in exceptionally favourable years, the yield will have to be brought to the above-mentioned limits, provided that the global production does not exceed 20% of the same limits, keeping firm the limits between the grape/wine yield for the quantities mentioned. For vineyards in promiscuous cultivations, the maximum production of grapes per hectare must be brought to the effective surface taken up by the vine.


Art. 5. Vinification Regulations

5.1 – Area of Vinification and Bottling
The vinification process includes obligatory ageing, drying of grapes and obligatory maturation in bottles, and the bottling process must be carried out on the administrative territory of the municipality of Cortona. Nevertheless, it is permitted that the afore-mentioned vinification and bottling operations be carried out in cellars that do not pertain to the area of production of the grapes, however, not more that 2 km as the crow flies from the border of same and relevant to vine growers permitted to produce wine as mentioned in Art. 1 above. A derogation allows the vinification and bottling operations to be carried out in cellars out of the area of production, provided it is in the Provinces of Arezzo and Siena, if wine is produced with grapes in the area of production as mentioned in Art.3 above, prior to the coming into force of the present Regulations. This derogation is granted by the Ministry of Agricultural Policies - national Committee for the protection and valorisation of the controlled place of origin and the typical geographic indications of the wines - advised to the interested region and communicated to the fraud protection Inspectorate and the Chamber of Commerce I.A.A.

5.2 – Production of various typologies from the same vineyard
Should the grapes of a determined vineyard be used for the production of different typologies, as foreseen in Art. 1 above, it is allowed to assign a part of the grapes of the said vineyard for the production of specific typologies, provided that all requisites imposed in the present Regulations are respected, both for the grapes destined separately for a given typology and for the remaining grapes of the same vineyard destined for another typology.

5.3 - Corrections
The enrichment of musts and wines is allowed, as per Art. 1 above, within the limits of established European regulations, with concentrated musts, or with rectified concentrated musts, with crystallisation or reverse osmosis.

5.4 - Processing
The different typologies explained in Art. 1 above must be processed in conformity with European regulations. The Rosato typology must be obtained with vinification in rosato of red grapes. The Vin Santo typology must be obtained with the drying of selected grapes and left to dry in ideal places until they reach a sugar content level of 28% for wine from controlled place of origin (DOC) Cortona Vin Santo and Cortona Vin Santo Riserva and 35% for wine from controlled place of origin (DOC) Cortona Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice. The grapes cannot be musted prior to the 15th December of the year of harvest for Cortona Vin Santo Riserva, and 28th February of the following year for Cortona Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice. The grapes, after the minimum period of drying, have to be musted, however, not beyond 30th April of the following year and that of the harvesting of the grapes. Partial dehydration with ventilated air is allowed.

5.5 - Yield grape/wine and wine/hectare
The maximum yield of the grapes, including the eventual added correction and the maximum production of wine per hectare, is as follows :

 

Type Resa uva/vino
Rosso 70%
Chardonnay 70%
Grechetto 70%
Sauvignon 70%
Cabernet Sauvignon e Cabernet Sauvignon  Riserva 70%
Merlot e Merlot Riserva 70%
Sagiovese e Sangiovese Riserva 70%
Syrah e Syrah Riserva 70%
Vin Santo e Vin santo Riserva 35%
Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 35%

 

Maximum production of wine refers to grapes having the right degree of maturation and wine which has reached its third year of ageing. In the case of a grape/wine yield which surpasses the above mentioned limits, but not 70% for white typologies and 75% for red or rosé typologies and 38% for Vin Santo typologies, even if the production per hectare is lower than the maximum consented, the excess does not have the right for controlled place of origin (DOC). Beyond the said limits, it looses the right of controlled place of origin (DOC) for the whole batch.

5.6 – Introduction on the Market
For the following wines, the introduction on the market is only allowed from the date of each of them, as listed below :

 

Type Cortona D.O.C.
(data relativa all’anno successivo alla vendemmia)
Cortona D.O.C. Riserva 
(data relativa al secondo anno successivo alla vendemmia)
"Cortona" Rosso 31/03 ------
"Cortona"Chardonnay 01/01 ----
"Cortona"Grechetto 01/01 ----
"Cortona" Sauvignon 01/01 -----
"Cortona" Cabernet Sauvignon 31/03 1/11
"Cortona" Merlot 31/03 1/11
"Cortona" Sangiovese 31/03 1/11
"Cortona" Syrah 31/03 1/11
Tipologia Cortona D.O.C.
(data realtiva al terzo anno successivo alla vendemmia)
Cortona D.O.C. Riserva 
(data relativa al quinto anno successivo alla vendemmia)
“Cortona” Vin Santo 16/12 16/12
Tipologia Cortona D.O.C.
(data realtiva all’ottavo anno successivo alla vendemmia)
 
Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 29/02  

 

The introduction on the market of Cortona Vin Santo typology can take place only after an obligatory ageing period of at least three years, of which at least three months refinement in bottles as from the 15th December of the year of production of the grapes. Market introduction of Cortona Vin Santo Riserva typology can take place only after a period of obligatory ageing of at least five years, of which at least six months refinement in bottles to start from the 15th December of the year of production of the grapes. Market introduction of Cortona Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice typology can take place only after an obligatory ageing period of at least 8 years, of which at least six months refinement in bottles to start from the 28th February after that of the production of the grapes.

5.7 - Ageing
The conservation and ageing of Vin Santo typologies have to be carried out in wooden containers which should not surpass a capacity of 100 litres for Cortona Vin Santo and Cortona Vin Santo Riserva, and in small barrels of not more than 75 litres for Cortona Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice.


Art. 6. Characteristics

The wines, mentioned in Art.1 above, at the moment of introduction on the market, have to correspond to the following characteristics :

"Cortona" Chardonnay:
Colour: straw yellow;
Smell: fruity scent with a slightly aromatic background;
Taste: dry and harmonic, elegant;
Alcohol content: 11,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 15,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Grechetto:
Colour: straw yellow;
Smell: fresh, delicate, characteristic, slightly aromatic;
Taste: dry and harmonic;
Alcohol content: 11,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 15,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Sauvignon:
Colour: straw yellow
Smell: intense, elegant, characteristic with an aromatic background;
Taste: dry and harmonic, elegant;
Alcohol content: 11,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 15,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Cabernet Sauvignonand "Cortona" Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva:
Colour: between ruby red and garnet;
Smell: intense, characteristic, spicy;
Taste: full bodied and harmonic, dry;
Alcohol content: 12,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 4,55 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 20,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Merlot and "Cortona" Merlot Riserva:
Colour: lively garnet, at times with purple reflections, tending to become brick red with ageing;
Smell: scent of small fruits, with eventual hint of grass;
Taste: dry, harmonic and full bodied;
Alcohol content: 12,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 4,5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 20,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Sangiovese and "Cortona" Sangiovese Riserva:
Colour: from ruby red with a tendency to become red-orange with ageing;
Smell: smooth, intense and elegant;
Taste: dry and harmonic
Alcohol content: 12,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 4,5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 20,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Syrah and "Cortona" Syrah Riserva:
Colour: from ruby red to garnet;
Smell: characteristic, elegant;
Taste: dry and harmonic;
Alcohol content: 12,00% vol;
Minimum total acidity: 4,5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 20,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Vin Santo and “Cortona” Vin Santo Riserva :
Colour: from golden to intense amber;
Smell: intense ethereal characteristic of mature fruit;
Taste: smooth with intense roundness;
Alcohol content: 17,00%, of which at least 2% to carry out;
Minimum total acidity: 4,5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 24,0 g/l.

"Cortona" Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice:
Colour: between amber and topaz with a reddish shade that becomes brown with ageing;
Smell: intense, rich, complex, of mature fruit and other shades;
Taste: distinguished, persistent with a sweet aftertaste;
Alcohol content: 18,00% of which a minimum of 15% carried out and a minimum of 4,5% to be carried out;
Minimum total acidity: 4,5 g/l;
Minimum net dry extract: 25,0 g/l.

It is the authority of the European Commission’s Ministry of Agricultural Policies for the protection and valorisation of the place of origin and the typical geographic indications of wines, to modify the total limit of acidity and the net dry extract, by its own decree.



Art. 7. Labelling, designation and presentation


7.1 - Qualifications
In the labelling designation and presentation of wines, as mentioned in Art.1 above, it is forbidden to add any qualification which is different to that listed in the present Regulations, including adjectives such as, ‘distinguished’, ‘chosen’, ‘selected’, and similar. It is, however, permitted to use the indications that refer to names, company names, personal trademarks, not having glorifying significance and not suitable in drawing deception to the consumers.

7.2 – Facultative Information
Facultative information is allowed, according to the Commission’s regulations, other than the traditional information such as, processing methods and others, provided that they are relevant to the wines as mentioned in Art.1 above.

7.3 - Locality
The reference to geographical indications and toponyms on an administrative level, or fractions, areas, localities from where the grapes originate, is allowed in conformity with the provision of the Ministerial decree dated 22nd April 1992.

7.4 - Characters and Position on Labels
Facultative information, excluding trademarks and company names, may be placed on labels only in typographical letters not larger or more evidenced than those used for wines from the controlled place of origin, with the exception of more restrictive general regulations.

7.5 - Year
It is obligatory to place the year of production of the grapes on labels of Cortona wines.

7.6 - Vineyard
The mention of the ‘vineyard’ followed by the relative toponym is allowed under the conditions listed in the law for all typologies of wines as indicated in Art.1 above.


Art. 8. Packaging


8.1 – Nominal Volumes
The wines, as listed in Art.1 above, may be introduced on the market only in glass containers having a nominal volume of up to 6 litres, with the exception of the three typologies of Vin Santo for which it is solely allowed to use containers from 0,375 to 0,750 litres.

8.2 – Corking and Containers
For the corking of wines, it is obligatory to use full-mouthed corks or other similar material. Limited to the packaging from 0,187 to 0,375 litres and with the exclusion of Vin Santo typologies, it is allowed to use a screw cap.

 

Companies

Cortona

Wine People in Cortona

La Strada

Maec

Banca Popolare di Cortona

FISAR