The Italian wine world is in a tizzy over recent allegations of fraud in the production of Brunello, one of the country's most prestigious wines. Though nothing official had been released, rumors of an investigation began swirling earlier this month in the tiny Tuscan town of Montalcino, where Brunello is produced. Florence and Siena papers were quick to jump on a report that Italy's financial police, the Guardia di Finanza, were investigating the possibility that some post-2003 Brunello wines included grapes from Puglia. It was later learned that the actual inquiry centers on a three-year investigation of the local growers' consortium, the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, charged with monitoring Brunello standards according to Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) regulations. Italian law states that Brunello must contain only Sangiovese grapes from vineyards officially registered with the consortium. A press release from the consortium states that police found 42 acres (approximately one percent of the total production region) in violation of DOCG rules.