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Rumors WineNews: Tuscany of wine ready to reopen the Albi dei Vigneti of the denominations

The first to open the way was the Doc Bolgheri, but also the main PDOs of the region are following the same road

The Tuscany of wine is about to reopen the Albi Dei Vigneti of the main regional denominations, in fact, the Region of Tuscany has been a pioneer of the PDO wine registers in Italy. These are the rumors provided to WineNews, after the Consortium of the Bolgheri DOC, one of the most important areas of the Region and of Italy, asked the Region for the “concession of 120 hectares of new surface area for the Bolgheri red typologies and 70 hectares for the Bolgheri white typologies denomination”, a total of 190 hectares out of a little more than the current 1,370 hectares, which are already part of the wine potential of the territory, and therefore hectares planted with vines but currently not Doc Bolgheri. After the Region’s invitation to the Consortium to submit three-year planning plans, with the primary objective of achieving a balance on the market, it seems that many of the most prestigious brands are seriously considering following the path opened by Bolgheri (whose question is waiting for an answer that, except for surprises, should be positive).
A very delicate issue, that of the management of wine-growing potential, on the one hand tied with the European Regulation on authorisations for new plantings, which allows each EU country to grow by 1% per year (specifically the reopening of registers, this is not the case), which, for some denominations, is more than abundant, for others definitely insufficient, on the other hand influenced by the stability of the market (net of the seasonal trend which, of course, directly affects production volumes) but also by the value of the hectares which, in the most important Docg and Doc, have reached dizzying prices. In Montalcino, for one hectare planted with Brunello the price is now around one million euros per hectare, in Bolgheri it ranges between 400,000 and 500,000 euros, but there are important quotations, also in relation to the average price of wines, including those of Chianti Classico (between 170,000 and 200,000 euros per hectare), of the Nobile di Montepulciano (120-150,000 euros per hectare), while more “affordable” are the prices of Chianti, between 70,000 and 90,000 euros per hectare.
Values that, as for all goods, also reflect the size of the offer, in this case the volume of hectares, given that of the 60.000 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany (Ismea data), of which more than 90% PDO, Chianti alone covers 33.1% of the vineyards, Chianti Classico 12.7%, followed at a distance by Maremma Toscana (4%), Brunello di Montalcino (3.9%), Morellino di Scansano (3.2%), Nobile di Montepulciano (2.8%), Bolgheri (2.5%), Vernaccia di S. Gimignano (1.9%), Rosso di Montalcino (1.2%), Rosso di Montepulciano (0.9%), Bianco di Pitigliano (0.5%).
As a consequence, a possible increase in the number of reclaimable hectares could lead, at least in some cases, to a general reduction in the quotations of the vineyards themselves. Beyond the numbers, the reopening of the Tuscan PDO vineyard registers (whose procedure envisages, in any case, the request by the Consortium and then the approval by the Region, having heard the supply chain and its representatives, which has the last word) would be a signal to be grasped with great attention to many other areas of Italian wine.

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