August celebrates the peak of summer and wine in the night of San Lorenzo with Goblets of Stars, the event organized by City of Wine which involves all Italian wine territories. Saint Gimignano could not miss the appointment, which will host in the Rock of Montestaffoli in the yard of the headquarters of 'Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Experience' and along the medieval walls that surround it.
Il 10 August, from hours to 21 24 , twenty one producers will be present at their tasting bench to welcome wine lovers and tourists to taste the Vernaccia di San Gimignano docg, San Gimignano doc, Chianti docg, Chianti Colli Senesi docg and the IGTs produced by their companies, while at the gastronomic tasting tables you can taste the products of the Finocchiona PGI Consortium, the Saffron DOP Consortium, the Tuscan Bread Consortium, . Salumificio Toscano Piacenti, the Modern oven and finally the cheeses of Forms of Art and ice creams by Sergio Dondoli. With the purchase of the glass you can taste all the wines and gastronomic products.
The month of August, however, is not only dedicated to the party, is the one in which the wineries are prepared for the upcoming harvest and in which the sums of the first half of the year are drawn, which in the 2018 is the one following one of the most difficult since the Vernaccia of San Gimignano has obtained the DOC in 1966, which has seen the production of 26,8% decrease, equal to 10.727 hectoliters of wine lost: compared to 2016, in the 2017 one bottle in four has not been produced.
Despite the premises, the data for the first half are quite satisfactory, at the 30 June 2018 there was a slight decrease in the bottling of the Vernaccia of San Gimignano, about 4% compared to the same date of the previous year, with a production of just under three million bottles, but also a marked decline in the inventory of wines from previous years, equal to 27%.
As for the harvest, however, it is still early to make predictions, the month of August is essential for the right ripening of the grapes. What can be said with certainty is that we will also be affected by the 2018 effects of the drought of 2017: the plants that have suffered most have a lower than average grape load, especially those of red grape varieties.