1716 Bando

In 1716, the Grand Duke of Toscana, Cosimo III de’ Medici, issued a historical edict to protect Tuscan wines.

The ‘Bando’ (edict) legally established the geographical limits of four prominent winegrowing regions: Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano, and Val d’Arno di Sopra.

The order was intended to protect the prestige of these wines by prohibiting the use of their names on wines produced elsewhere.

This was the first ever attempt to protect the integrity of a wine appellation. It was the forerunner to the ‘Disciplinare‘, the rulebook which all appellations must now have.

See also the article on the VDQS to understand the modern French appellation system.

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