Chianti and Brunello reduce yields

Prices to remain in balance.

Chianti and Brunello reduce yields / Credit: Veronika Crecelius
Chianti and Brunello reduce yields / Credit: Veronika Crecelius

Here we go. The first consortia have applied for yield restrictions for the 2021 harvest. The government of the Tuscany region has granted the requests of the Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino DOCGs. The Chianti DOCG consortium will reduce the maximum yield per hectare and vine by 15 percent. The same applies to the subzones and the superiore qualities. 

The yield reduction was not decided because of a lack of market, but to keep the balance of the current prices, said President Giovanni Busi. Last month, an increase of 15-20 percent was recorded.

The consortium for Brunello di Montalcino, on the other hand, continues to allow the maximum yield of eight tonnes for the first hectare, but reduces the quantity to seven tonnes for each additional hectare. 

The winegrowers can claim the yield reduction not only in the vineyard, but also by downgrading a corresponding quantity of the wines maturing into Brunello in the cellar. They could be classified as Rosso di Montalcino, for example. This would apply to the last three vintages stored in the cellars of the producers. vc 

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