Vintage Reports

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

2020

2020 Friuli Venezia Giulia

Winter was dry with warmer temperatures though there was some rain around March. However, some winemakers required emergency irrigation to guarantee budbreak. Flowering took place around 20 May, about ten days earlier than the year prior. The weather in June and July was variable and bunch closure took place in late June. August was beautiful, with some scattered showers that contributed to diurnal temperature changes, which are beneficial to aromatic complexity, especially in white grapes. As for the health of the grapes, there were few problems with disease and rot. Harvest began in late August, especially for sparkling wines, while Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero and some Sauvignon started in early September followed by Traminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Glera and Ribolla Gialla. Reds were harvested in late September. Red production is much lower this year, to make Prosecco Rose’. Quality will be excellent and production will be down about 9%.

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2020 Umbria

The last two months of 2019 saw a lot of rain, but January and February were warmer and drier. But because they had so much rain the months before, the water reserves were enough. Growth slowed down in June due to heavy rainfall. The heat was relentlessly hot in July and August making up for any problems that might have arisen in June. Harvest began in late August with the whites, which are ripen much early, with reds following.  Production is in line with 2019, but quality is excellent.

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Puglia

2020

2020 Puglia

Winter was mild with short periods of cold and rain. There was some frost, but it was very sporadic, in different parts of Puglia. The weather was sunny and breezy, perfect for budbreak. June and July were hot, interrupted only by occasional cooler periods that however favored development. Red grape harvest began mid August and finished in September. Quality is expected to be excellent due to the good health of the grapes as well as the sugar levels and excellent acidity.

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