“Production of great red wines of Tuscany in sharp decline” according to report

In a report posted this week at I Numeri del Vino (Wine Statistics), overall production of fine red wine in Tuscany has experienced marked decline in 2007, even though Rosso di Montalcino and Bolgheri saw considerable growth.

    The production of DOC/DOCG wines in Tuscany in 2007 was 1.57 million hectoliters, a reduction of 2.5% compared to 2006. This was recorded against a decline of 6% of the areas from 33,468 to 31,543 hectares. Some of the victims of this decline were Chianti (-2% to 15179ha), Chianti Classico (-9% to 5883 hectares), but also the Brunello di Montalcino (-21% to 1334 hectares). It follows a framework where the production of great red wines of Tuscany is in sharp decline, with the only exception of Rosso di Montalcino (+47% in 2007) and Bolgheri (+29%). The production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti was flat, while a -31% was reported by Sant’Antimo, -19% by Brunello and -14% by Morellino di Scansano.

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to read the original post and to view the impressive graphs created especially for the report. The editors of VinoWire found the last chart, covering each appellation (you might be surprised how many there actually are, and how few are available abroad), particularly fascinating.


2 thoughts on ““Production of great red wines of Tuscany in sharp decline” according to report

  1. regarding the Morellino, the decrease of 14% can be explained by the fact that in the 2007 the DOCG has kicked in, and with the new “disciplinare di produzione” (the new rules) the maximum production per hectar has received a cut by 25% (from 12 to 9 tons per ha max). The number of hectares has in fact slightly increased, taking the DOCG Morellino di Scansano to be the 2nd largest appellation area in Tuscany (the first being the Chianti + Chianti Classico).

  2. This news parallels the activity I am seeing as well, in the midsection of the US. Sobering news, but even more sobering is the sharp decline in the French wine sector.

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