2016 a Good Year for Tuscan Wines

Despite an expected 5% drop in production, the quality of the wines produced in Tuscany during 2016 is forecast to be good to excellent.  90% of the grapes grown in the region are used in local DOC (denominazione di orgine controllata, controlled designation of origin) vintages.  Given this year’s weather — a rainy spring and a late, hot summer — the grape harvest will start one week later than usual, pushed forward to the end of September.  Italy accounts for 20% of the world’s wine exports.  To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.