Chianti Classico
2018 Harvest

Seasonal trend

2018 started with early budbreak due to above average temperatures for March and April, followed by a fairly rainy month in May. From 10th June onwards, temperatures started rising again and in the Chianti Classico area we had a good summer with little rain.

Veraison began in late July and continued quite slowly in the month of August. Summer temperatures were within the norm. In September, particularly, we had a succession of sunny days with considerable day-night temperature variation, allowing the grapes in our area to achieve the expected level of phenolic and aromatic ripeness.

The black grape harvest began in mid-September and finished in mid-October. Although it’s difficult to give an assessment just after the harvest, Chianti Classico 2018 should be a 4/5 vintage.

Chianti Classico

Production

After the very dry year of 2017, which led to a 30% approx. drop in Chianti Classico production, we are expecting a return to average quantities of Chianti Classico wine produced in 2018.

So we’re satisfied in terms of both quantity and quality of grapes brought to the cellar.

 

Images of the 2018 harvest