Tuscan harvest watch

SangioveseIMG_9758-1Welcome to the first Tuscan-wide online diary which gives a day by day account of the grape harvest in Tuscany. After the success of the first four seasons of Tuscan Harvest Watch, the reports on 2015 will appear here.

Many thanks to the wineries that have agreed to let us know how the harvest is proceeding. The wineries have been chosen to give a broad view of the season in key areas of Tuscany. From north to south the featured areas are: Chianti Rufina, Chianti Classico, Bolgheri, Val d’Orcia, Montalcino, Montepulciano and the upper and lower Maremma.

Many things affect the growth of the vines and the harvest – proximity to the Apennines mountains and to the sea, height above sea level, different soils, prevailing winds, and more. In other words, terroir is just as much a feature of Tuscany as it is of Bordeaux. 

The weather in the various parts of Tuscany is affected by altitude and by proximity to the sea. Below are two sample forecasts. Radda is in the high Chianti hills at 550m above sea level. You can clearly see that nights tend to be cooler in Radda and hence the wine from here is more elegant with higher acidity levels. By contrast the vineyards at the foot of the hill town of Massa Marittima are just 20 km from the sea and at an altitude of 160-220m. Correspondingly the wine from here (or from Bolgheri virtually on the coast and just 70m of altitude) is fuller bodied and weightier.

 

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[forecast location=”Massa Marittima, Italy” caption=”Weather for Massa Marittima” measurement=’C’ todaylabel=”Today” datelabel=”date(‘d/m/Y’)” highlow=’%%high%%°/%%low%%°’ numdays=”3″ iconset=”Incredible” class=”css_table_class” cache=”true” width=”70%”]

Click here for the reports on 2015 

Click here for the story of the preceding harvests: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Winery profiles

Paola da BlasiI Veroni, Pontassieve, Chianti Rufina

Winefriend on I Veroni – attractive Rufina

Paolo Cianferoni in vendemmiaCaparsa, Radda, Chianti Classico

Winefriend on Caparsa – Chianti vertical

Dr Francesco GagliardiCampo alla Sughera, Bolgheri

Winefriend on Campo alla Sughera: Alabaster, building materials and wine

IMG_0219Massa Vecchia, Massa Marittima

Winefriend on Special places: Massa Vecchia
Cantine Contucci, Montepulciano

Winefriend on Cantucci: at the heart of Montepulciano
Gianni Brunelli, Montalcino

Winefriend on: Gianni (and Laura) Brunelli
Capitoni, Pienza, Val d’Orcia

Winefriend on Capitoni: Mixed farming and viticulture
Sassotondo, Pitigliano

Winefriend on Sassotondo – retreat to the land

Tuscany: the featured wineries

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