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Vernaccia di San Gimignano: good progress of bottling in the first half of 2014

The first two quarters of 2014 closed with a positive trend in the bottling figures for Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

The first half of 2014 records an increase in bottling of about 4.5%, placing it in the average of the best years: 3,185,423 bottles of Vernaccia di San Gimignano produced, about 140,000 more than in the same period of 2013.

This figure is more significant if we consider that 2013 had recorded an overall increase in production compared to 2012, 5,157,174 bottles compared to 4,973,935 the previous year, and even more significant again if considered in the macroeconomic framework that still shows contrasting figures relating to recovery and with the level of consumption still rather stagnant.
Figures for bottling mainly regard Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013, but also Estate Selections and Reserves from 2012 or previous years: the production regulations for Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva allow release on the market only after 13 months of ageing in the cellar, three of which in the bottle, although many producers prefer to age the wine for longer and release it two or three years after harvest.

The production regulations make no provision for Vernaccia di San Gimignano Selezione, which respects those for standard Vernaccia. The winemakers are free to make the decisions concerning the different types of vinification and any longer ageing period for these wines, and this means that there can be Selections for 2013 or older vintages. Vernaccia di San Gimignano Selezione can also come from the vinification of the grapes of a single vineyard recorded in the production registers and, in this case, the label will indicate the name of the vineyard.