Governo all’Uso Toscano is an Italian term defined by Nicolas Belfrage MW as ‘a slight refermentation caused by pouring a finished wine over partially dried grapes.’ Burton Anderson wrote this on ‘governo’: ‘adding dried grapes (or their rich musts) to the newly fermented wine to induce a secondary fermentation. To make young Chianti sweeter and rounder with a prickle [or] to reinforce wines for ageing,’ (Burton Anderson, 1990, p.199).

See also: Cacc’e Mmitte di Lucera DOC.


Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo—The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003), p.463.