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We had a chat with Paolo Cianferoni, the owner of the Caparsa farm in Radda in Chianti, at the beginning of September. After a torrid summer, the Chianti region’s crops were suffering from a lack of rain.

Paolo spoke of “famine” to describe how this year the whole agricultural sector has been affected by the drought and the high temperatures. He was obviously quite worried about the results of the upcoming grape harvest.

Now that the harvest is over, we’ve asked Paolo for an update. “I’m a lot more optimistic now – he says – last month’s rainfall has helped a lot”.

“2017 will be a very peculiar year for the Chianti Classico wine production – says Cianferoni – results will vary a lot depending on the areas. Vineyards in wetter areas, which were less affected by the drought, will produce a top-quality grape. But the ones that suffered from the a lack of rain, will have serious difficulties”.

In terms of quantities, the amount of Chianti Classico grape produced will be reduced considerably: we’ll have from 10% to 50% less grapes than the previous years. The same can be said for the volume of wine production. We’ll see a reduction of the quantities of grapes and a lower yield.

“According to the procedural guideline, wine producers will be able to add to this year’s production up to 15% of the Chianti Classico wine produced in previous years”.

“Honest wine producers will be rewarded, because this year the consumers will be able to tell the difference between the various areas and wineries even more than usual. Wine remains, after all, a product of nature”.

Matteo Pucci