An uncommon vintage with a late frost (end April) that went over France, Spain and Italy burning well developed buds; a hot summer and a long drought period.
Only few regions in the north received few summer rains.
Thanks to the great work of the producers in the vineyard management allowed to have a lower production but kept the situation far from a possible catastrophe.
In total 15 Million hectoliters less than the 2016.
A lesser production with picks of 45% less in few areas in Tuscany, Lazio/Umbria and Sardinia.
The grapes were very healthy all over Italy. Different ripening conditions, within the same vineyards and some very dry bunches in some areas and for some grapes resulted in a god quality level all over Italy but with heterogeneous situations.
During this vintage a great role have been played by the scientific approach and knowledge of the oenologist mainly in the vineyards conduction.
Final data are as follow:
|Region||Production HL 2016 (Istat)||Average HL expected 2017 (*)||% change||HLs change|
* Data expected for every region
** Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Molise, Basilicata, Calabria
source Assoenologi – Extracted from the forecast published by the Italian Oenologist association on the 20th October 2017 – assoenologi.it