During the General Assembly of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, Giovanni Manetti, President of the Consorzio, was able to present the members with an interim review of the first five months of the year. And this one is quite respectable!
The triumph of the Gran Selezione!
In all three Chianti Classico categories – Gran Selezione, Riserva and, of course, Chianti Classico itself – sales figures rose by eight percent compared to the previous year, but with a 19 percent increase, Gran Selezione, which now already accounts for six percent of total production, was able to record the greatest growth! The reason for the triumphal procession of the Gran Selezione: In the DOCG anniversary year 2016, many wineries have expanded their assortment with the Gran Selezione – and this outstanding vintage has now been launched at the beginning of this year. In the meantime, a total of 155 wines of this top category come from 136 wineries. What’s more, although Gran Selezione and Riserva only account for 37 percent of the total Chianti Classico production, together they still generate around 50 percent of sales!
Stable and positive economic situation in the heart of Tuscany
Giovanni Manetti, President of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, highlighted above all the positive and very stable economic situation, which in his opinion was mainly due to the high quality standards of the producers. The key to this is the biological management of the vineyards and the sustainable use of the ecosystem. Manetti himself, with his Fontodi estate, is one of the long-standing organic winemakers in the Chianti Classico region, and is also an indicator of the
economic stability of the DOCG: the price of cask wine. Since December 2017, it has been constant at 300 euros per hectolitre.
Upgrading for the Chianti Classico: application for UNESCO World Heritage
The Chianti Classico is to be further enhanced on the one hand by its inclusion in the series of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the application is underway. In addition, the ‘Distretto rurale del Chianti’ working group takes measures to promote the cultural, social and economic development of the production area, while actively maintaining the natural balance.