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Borgo Delle Oche – Friuli Venezia Giulia, 5 October

This harvest was a wonderful harvest for us. At the end it was very difficult because it rained for 15 days but it didn’t damage our grapes. The harvest was very very good especially for Pinot Grigio, Traminer and merlot.

Pinot Grigio

In other news, we have now in the winery a new tasting room in the old building that we have restored in this summer!! The building is very old (1600) and we have discovered the old external façade…

We also received a very important award for the Traminer Passito Alba (sweet) In the guide BIBENDA 2018: 5 Grappoli!!!! Luisa Menini, Borgo delle Oche

Azienda Agricola Citari – Lombardia, 5 October

We started the harvest about one month ago and we will end within this week with the bigger part. The summer was very hot and almost without rain, so the ripening of the fruit started earlier than usual.

The quality is really good, especially for the grape we will use for Conchiglia, Torre and Eretico.

The quantity will be similar to the past years, despite the days of frost at the end of April and the hailstorms in June – which didn’t affect our vines too much. Francesca Fiorentini, Citari

Citari – Lugana

Tenuta di Biserno, Lodovico Antinori – Maremma, 5 October

Tenuta di Biserno started harvesting the Cabernet Franc, followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon to then finish picking at the end of September with our famous Petit Verdot,  like a regular vintage. Only the quantities have been Affected this year but definitely not the quality, which seems to be very good at this stage.
Lets cross our fingers to finish well, thanks to the excellent weather forecast for the week ahead. This year we will be among the last wineries to pick in Alta Maremma /Bolgheri/Bibbona. Elisabetta Pintore, Biserno

Biserno

Tenuta Sette Ponti – Toscana, 11 October

Tuscany lived a fairly hard winter, with no snow and rainfall below average. The vegetative recovery was anticipated by a surprising spring, very hot and early. With warm temperatures, flowering took place quickly and without interference, easily transforming the flowers into clusters. The season continued with high temperatures for some periods of summer, alternating with some rains. The vineyards, which enjoy good maturity and excellent balance during all phases of the year, have endured the dry season well. The Sangiovese, which could be subject to damage caused by drought, did not suffer because of irrigation, taking the water from the two lakes inside the estate. September, started with sunny days, alternating with some rains, has guaranteed a very good technological and phenolic maturity, able to guarantee structured and elegant wines, a faithful expression of the recent vintage. Production decreased about 20%. Fabiana Santi Laurini, Sette Ponti/Orma

Merlot Harvesting at Orma

Azienda Agricola Colsaliz – Prosecco DOCG

The harvest in Italy (and alas around Europe) has been a little difficult, with different quality situations in different regions.

But everywhere it is very low in quantities. In Italy, the lowest since 1947…

Prosecco DOCG area in specific.

Climate problems: Frost in late May that “burned” slightly the new buds and the production. No rain from May to late August. In late July high temperatures stopped the ripening and in late August we had hail in the area. The results are 15 – to 40% less production and a problematic quality here and there…

Specifically  to COL SALIZ : No frost, emergency watering in late July, no hail. Good quality but 25% less.

The first tasting of the sparkling wine base is very promising with clean and nice flavours, more on the fruity side, less floral. Gianluigi Chiodin, Colsaliz

Masseria Tagaro – Puglia

From the quantitative point of view there is about 30% less in the production, but the quality is very good, in our opinion it is one of the best harvest of the last 10 years!! Viviana Bagnardi, Tagaro

Tagaro Harvest 2017

 Mauro Molino – Barolo

Mauro Molino

Tenuta San Lorenzo – Gavi

SPAIN

Adegas Valmiñor – Rías Baixas, 

The vintage 2017 has been characterised by a very warm and dry spring season:
– During March and April we suffered some dramatic changes in temperature… some days we reached 30 ºC and some others we reached 0 ºC.
– May was extremely warm in our region.
– In the whole spring season we have recorded a drop of 17% of rain in comparison to the previous years.
These weather conditions favoured an early ripening of our grapes. Much earlier that the vintage 2016.
Adegas Valmiñor began its harvest the last week of August.
Despite this unusual situation, it is not an unheard fact, since we had suffered some warm and dry spring seasons in the past.
The winery is currently working in the elaboration process of all the wines, waiting to have some more data to conclude whether this vintage reached the same quality as the previous 2016 vintage or whether it is better. In any case, the quality of our grapes were quite similar to the previous vintage and we were able to collect a 5% more from last year. Erick Garcia, Adegas Valmiñor.

Adegas Valmiñor Harvest 2017

Bodegas Resalte – Peñafiel, Ribera del Duero

Sorting at Resalte

 

See also:

Burgundy Harvest 2017: https://champagnesandchateaux.co.uk/harvest-news-burgundy/

Amadieu, Gigondas Harvest 2017: https://champagnesandchateaux.co.uk/amadieu-harvest-2017-gigondas/

Loire Harvest 2017: https://champagnesandchateaux.co.uk/harvest-news-loire-valley/

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