The 2019 promises to be a great year for the wines of the Chianti DOCG DOCG denomination: the favorable climate, especially in the final part of the season, and the important investments made over the years on the vineyards, will give a high quality product to the companies of the Chianti Wine Consortium.

“The grapes are very healthy, there are no phytosanitary problems - says the president of the Chianti Wine Consortium, Giovanni Busi -. The quantities are within the norm and, thanks to the 10% reduction in production that we requested from the Tuscany Region, we will have volumes that will allow us not to cause an impact on prices ”.

The Chianti Wine Consortium produces an average of 850 thousand hectoliters of wine: for the 2019 harvest it obtained from the Tuscany Region the authorization to reduce the quantities produced by 10% in order not to generate a production surplus that would lead to a lowering of sales prices. In 2019, therefore, the companies associated with the Chianti Wine Consortium will put on the market about 750 thousand hectoliters of wine, equal to 100 million bottles.

The volume reduction policy adopted by the Chianti Wine Consortium is the strategy chosen to address the decline in sales that occurred on some traditional markets during 2018. In particular, Germany - which for Chianti wine is the second largest market outlet, after the United States - recorded a 6-7% reduction in exported volumes: "This is a contraction due to the slowdown in the German economy, which pushes consumers to focus on cheaper wines - explains the president of Chianti Wine Consortium -. We have chosen to reduce the quantities produced to mitigate the impact on the price so as to face the drop in exports while maintaining an adequate remuneration for all the players in our supply chain, from wine growers to bottlers ".

“The climate this year, which has caused considerable damage to other crops, is fine for us - continues Busi -. The situation is rather homogeneous throughout the territory: even the areas that have been most affected by drought, such as Empoli, are doing well because our grape of choice, Sangiovese, is an authentic sponge and a few drops of water to keep the vines healthy. We have had news from the media about possible damage caused by last Sunday's thunderstorms, fortunately only in some territories, but at the moment we have no reports from companies. Thanks to the generally favorable trend of the season and the substantial investments in the vineyards made in recent years by our companies, great wines can be made: 2019 will be a great year for the wines of the Chianti Denomination ".