Vintage Reports

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2020 Emilia Romagna

The weather in 2020 saw little rain in many parts of the region, so some emergency irrigation was needed. This drought led to a lower number of flowers. Less water and high temperatures in early March brought budbreak early. Unfortunately, black rot has made an appearance in Emilia with winemakers working hard to combat this disease. Harvest times and quality differed between greatly between hills and flatlands. As a result, many harvests required extreme patience, drawing out over a long period of time to make sure grapes were picked when they reached their peak ripeness. Harvest began in August for earlier ripening varieties and sparklers and ending in early October for others. Quality is expected to be excellent.


Friuli-Venezia Giulia


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%.


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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