On 13rd december 2013 the Ministry of Agricolture issued a decree receiving the request, promoted by the Consorzio Vino Chianti, in order to obtain a change in the regulations regarding Chianti wine production.
It is an important as well as delicate issue, that concerns producers and consumers. Which are the most important things to know?
#1 The changes in the regulations will allow an anticipated market entering for Chianti wines, with different dates depending on territorial articulations and typologies
#2 The entering can be only 2 months before the regular terms
#3 This possibility will be volunteer and will be allowed only for those DOCG wines holding organoleptic and chemical properties required by the regulations
#4 The adverse climatic conditions of the spring, of the summer and of the harvest season affected the 2013 wine campaign. Those conditions required a more accurate and fast grape processing, that anyway did not affect the final qualitative result.
#5 The request has been presented considering some special market conditions. The lack of the product, due to the combined effect of a less productive wine campaign together with an increase in sales, was determining an anomalous prince trend of loose wine. This circumstance would have taken to a slowdown in selling, especially towards the great distribution sector, where Chianti wine would have been replaced by different and cheaper denominations.
Finally on december 23rd also the Tuscany Region Committee approved the request and set, for the 2013 harvest Chianti wines, the following dates:
- 1st January 2014 for Chianti, Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colline Pisane and Chianti Montalbano
- 1st April 2014 for Chianti Montespertoli
- 1st July 2014 per Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Rufina and Chianti Superiore