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%.