Italy Tuscany

Italy Tuscany

Joy of Terroirs, Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico

2008 vintage guide for Tuscany

Weather Conditions A typical winter preceded copious spring rains, bringing mildew. Budburst was disrupted, while cool temperatures delayed flowering and fruit-set, and caused ‘millerandage’ (marred berry-development) among Sangiovese in particular.…

2007 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2007 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Like Piedmont, Tuscany’s growing cycle was around three weeks earlier than usual, thanks to an unusually mild, dry winter and record temperatures in March and April. Central Italy…

2006 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2006 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Highly variable weather, ranging from extreme heat in June and July, more tepid and humid weather in August, and a return to heat – interrupted by heavy rain…

2005 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2005 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it’s been a tough and difficult vintage. Earlier this summer the warm weather was such that producers were talking…

2004 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2004 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions A long, cold winter and a rainy spring delayed the budding and flowering. The prolonged warm—not hot—summer and unusually hot October brought the grapes to optimum ripeness. Overall,…

2003 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2003 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions The hottest summer for the last 150 years brought heat wave conditions and drought to Tuscany and saw the earliest vintage since 1945 and one of the smallest…

2002 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2002 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Bizarrely inclement meteorological conditions made 2002 the most difficult vintage in Tuscany since 1992. The spring was late, cool and wet, with record rainfall in the month of…

2001 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2001 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions An early spring brought the vines forward, but also exposed the new buds to a severe mid-April frost which caused considerable damage in the central hills. The summer…

2000 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2000 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions 2000 was a difficult year for growers with unsettled and often abnormal weather conditions. An early spring brought flowering and fruit set forward but a wet and warm…

1999 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1999 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Warm and sunny conditions from April through to June meant early flowering and fruit set in all parts of the region. Rain towards the end of August enabled…

1998 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1998 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions The long dry summer with exceptionally high temperatures created drought conditions in central and southern Tuscany. Regular ripening over this period depended very much on micro-climate; warmer, lower…

1997 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1997 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions A warm start to April brought the vegetation forward, but frost hit central Tuscany at the end of the month, causing considerable damage. The rest of the spring…

1996 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1996 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions The spring was fine and warm and flowering was early over much of the region. Summer temperatures were lower than average however and this slowed the vineyards down.…

1995 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1995 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Stands out in contrast to an apparent meteorological trend in the last decade of the century towards earlier vintages for Sangiovese. Spring was late, the summer was cool…

1994 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1994 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions An early spring and warm May and June got the vineyards off to a good start, but record high temperatures accompanied in parts of the region by exceptionally…

1993 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1993 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions A warm spring and hot summer brought the vegetative cycle forward and abundant sunshine in September provided a perfect run in to the harvest. There was a last…

1992 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1992 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Although the spring was cool, average summer temperatures and a sunny September laid the basis for a certain degree of optimism in the weeks leading up to the…

1991 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1991 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Weather conditions were similar to 1992, although less dramatically adverse. A very cold and wet May slowed down the vineyards and even the hot and dry summer did…

1990 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1990 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Early spring brought budding forward by up to ten days. Temperatures were warm through the summer but not excessive. The only problem – and it was limited to…

1989 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

1989 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions A warm spring laid the basis for an abundant crop, but a relatively cool and unusually wet summer followed by steady rain in the first part of September…