by Paolo Repetto / 29 August 2016

Tenuta San Guido, overview on 2016 vintage. What about next Sassicaia?

On August 29th,  at Tenuta San Guido (Bolgheri, Tuscany) the harvest starts : Merlot grapes destined to became Guidalberto are ready, and others will reach their complete ripeness in a few days.   

We’ve contacted the Tenuta San Guido’s senior manager, Carlo Paoli, that foresees an excellent quality harvest:
“I expect a lower quantity compared to the past year, more or less -5% to -8%; this year wineries have been forced to work mechanically. I mean, wineries that don’t employ irrigation, like us, have been forced to breaks up the surface crust in order to maintain humidity and prevent from perspiration.
About the incoming harvest, timing is everything considering that different vines will reach rapidly ripeness at the same time, forcing wineries to  work and focus on efficiency and readiness, to avoid any alcohol raising.
Considering summer weather, which caused a slowdown during the veraison period, we could expect grapes without a great pigmentation, in contraposition to last year.
Acidity and Ph, instead, this year are totally perfect. This is an encouraging sign.”
Are we able to give some possible evaluation  for harvest 2016?
“We’re still far from our goal, but I expect a very positive vintage, maybe (considering many perspectives) more impressive than the excellent 2015”


Paolo Repetto

Founder of Vinifera, since 2005 he works in the international business of fine wines.
In 2017 he founded Italian Wine Asset, the first Italian specialised entity for consulting on buying and selling Vineyards and Wineries.


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