Our winter was characterized by mild temperatures and rainfalls, which have granted a good water supply to the soil. Springtime was warm and sunny and has favoured the good blooming of the vines, followed by a good flowering and setting. A sunny summer has allowed for the grapes healthy conditions. The second half of August has been characterized by cooler temperatures and this has reduced the anticipation of the harvest.
Early grape varieties, Merlot and Chardonnay, have been harvested from 22nd August, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba in the first week of September. Verdicchio vintage started on 15th September and Montepulciano on 20th September.
The grapes we have harvested have matured very well, and present a high concentration of sugar, acids and aromatic substances. This portends a very promising vintage, quite similar to 2000 for the white wines and the 1998 vintage of our red wines. The red wines are rich in anthociyanin and therefore very ‘coloured’.
As far as quantity is concerned, compared to 2000, we are recording a 5% decrease in the total production.