Perfect sugar content, slightly higher than values recorded last year and the average of the last five years, accompanied by excellent grape quality, with peaks of excellence for Bellone, Nero Buono and Cesanese
A very mild winter brought forward the start of the vegetative cycle compared to previous seasons. The ensuing spring, however, was late, cool and rainy until 20 June, slowing the cycle down, especially at higher altitudes. Some spring storms affected flowering and fruit set, so achieving a natural decrease in the quantity of clusters on the vines and making them sparser.
In general, the seasonal trend was characterized by the transition from wet weather to that of persistent fine and dry weather, especially for July and August.
Winemakers kept a close eye of the effects of the sudden climate shift seen at the start of summer and the consequent rise in temperatures while soils were still damp, thus avoiding development of disease in the rows.
Perfect sugar content, slightly higher than values recorded last year and the average of the last five years, accompanied by excellent grape quality, with peaks of excellence for Bellone, Nero Buono and Cesanese.
The harvest began slightly earlier than the average of previous vintages: 25 August for sparkling wine bases, then native whites and reds (respectively first and second ten days of September), closing with Montepulciano and Cesanese respectively in the third ten days of September and early October.
Harvest ended on 20 October.
Very healthy grapes but a tad lighter than usual due to water stress, so harvest was down by 5% compared to 2019.