The grapevine harvest has begun sooner in Italy this year, which hasn’t happened since 2003.
The vineyards which began the harvest with one week in advance were the ones in Franciacorta, with the renowned white grape used to produce spumante.
In Italy the grapevine harvest schedule dictates that the vines to be harvested first are Pinot and Chardonnay, then in September and October Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Nebbiolo, and finally Aglianico, Nebbiolo, and Nerello in November.
Coldiretti (National Farmers Federation) forecast a 5% increase of the production with respect to last year, totalling 44 million hectolitres, and a quality improvement caused by the good phytosanitary conditions, notwithstanding the unfavourable weather in July. It’s worth to mention that strong heat waves have indeed put water supplies into severe jeopardy, forcing the farmers to resort to emergency irrigation.
If weather conditions follow the climate trend and no exceptional events occur, “we forecast that the ‘Made in Italy’ production will comprise 40% from 332 Doc (Controlled designation of origin) wines and 73 Docg (Controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) wines, 30% from 118 Igt (indicazione geografica tipica) wines, and the remaining 30% from table wine,” Coldiretti stated, totalling a 9.5 billion Euro turnover.