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The holding on the market, despite everything, the growth of production, and a path that does not stop to become the first Italian all-organic denomination, as in reality all its companies already are. It is the path of the Valdarno di Sopra Doc, a small gem of Tuscan wine, protected by the Consortium led by Luca Sanjust, producer with one of the wineries that symbolize the denomination, Tenuta Petrolo. “2020 was very tough especially for catering, but in the end, even if it cannot be generalized – Sanjust tells WineNews – the sector has held and also our denomination. In 2020 we came to produce 5,200 quintals of grapes on the 3,500 of 2015, the bottled is around 173,000 bottles. We are small, but we are growing and it is a good sign. Hoping to get out of this situation soon, because if things are like this for a long time it will be really difficult ”.
The pandemic has also slowed down the path to make the Valdarno Superiore a denomination, the first, entirely organic to regulate. “It is something that everyone wants, really 100% of the producers, who are all already certified organic or in the process of conversion. It is a path we have taken for some time, we have found obstacles and resistance from the outside, but we continue to fight and sooner or later we will make it because we all want it. The proposal is already in the modification of the specification that is being examined by the Wine Committee, together with the enlargement of the area which, I hope already from the 2021 harvest, or at the latest from 2022, will include not only the Valdarno of the province of Arezzo, as today, but also that of the province of Florence, restoring the historical and geographical integrity of the territory “.
Territory that can only continue in the search for the highest possible quality of its wines, as evidenced by the same path of Petrolo with his wines, from Galatrona (now a small classic of Merlot in purity) to Torrione al Bòggina, which in its version “C” (unlike the “A”, for which the amphora is used for vinification, and the “B”, that is white) with the 2019 harvest debuts in the Riserva version. “A formal underlining of the even greater attention and research that we want to put into our Sangiovese” cru “, also thanks to a 2019 vintage that was truly exceptional, and that comes after other great harvests for us and for all of Tuscany, such as 2015, 2016 and 2018, while 2017 was a bit more problematic. A step forward for us, in a direction that, in my opinion, can follow all that part of central Tuscany, therefore also some areas of the Chianti Classico, for example, as well as of course Montalcino. That is, the areas recognized worldwide as lands for the greatest Sangiovese “crus”. On which in the world there is more and more attention, and which can make Tuscany even greater in the world, if we work following the model of Burgundy “.

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