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.