Florentine Officials Continue to Consider Controversial Plan for Selvapiana Mega Incinerator

On Friday, March 14, Decanter.com reported that Florentine government administrators will announce their decision on whether or not to allow the construction of a controversial so-called mega-incinerator in Selvapiana (Chianti Rufina) in June, 2008. Many believe that the planned expansion of the current incinerator (above, left) will threaten winemaking in Chianti Rufina by overwhelming the zone with pollutants and creating an eyesore that would hinder wine tourism.

The proposed mega-incinerator would lie literally a stone’s throw from the famed Bucerchiale vineyard, where one of Chianti Rufina’s most famous crus is sourced by the Selvapiana winery.

Nicolas Belfrage and VinoWire’s Franco Ziliani published this editorial in Harpers on November 10, 2006.

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