Summer rain has left winemakers across northern Italy facing hard conditions for the 2014 harvest, but while many subdue wait optimistic there are higher hopes further south in the country.
Simply Italian - Fantastic Wines trade and consumer tasting in London this week warned that the vintage might not be as terrible as some dread. 'It's a weird vintage this year,' said Andrea Lonardi, operations director of Bertani Domains, which groups together several wineries including Puiatti in Friuli-Venezia Giulia - where harvest is already underway - as well as Tenimenti Angelini in Montalcino and San Leonino in Castellina in Chianti. 'In the north, it's going to be hard because we've had a lot of rain and the warmth has been lower than usual.' Lonardi said Bertani has already chose it won't produce its high-end Amarone Classico from the 2014 vintage, due to unstable weather conditions. The group prefers http://1000-facts-about-wine.com to use traditional methods of drying grapes outside on bamboo.But, some regions are liable to fare better than others. In much of central and southern Tuscany, weather has been more stable. 'It's never going to be an exceptional vintage but we've had no rain for 15 days so, if that continues, it could be quite a excellent harvest,' Leonardi said.At this early the boards, Sicily has staked an early claim to be the winner of the 2014 vintage. 'It's been exceptional there. It's been cooler than usual, which should give the wines more finesse and not too much power,' Leonardi said. In Piedmont, Paolo Gagliardo, of Gianni Gagliardo winery, said the estate won't start the Nebbiolo harvest until the end of the month, meaning time is subdue on producers' side. 'It's been the most cold and rainy summer for 100 years, but in fact some people have been talking too much and too early,' he said. 'It's been getting warmer [recently] and the grapes are growing well and absorbing the http://1000-facts-about-wine.com water.'