The 2020 harvest campaign has started a bit earlier this year. If few months ago, at the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, many wineries were concerned by the lack of seasonal workers coming from East Europe, who wouldn’t be able to join them in occasion of the harvest, now the same wineries seem to have overcome this problem, both employing local workforce and recalling foreign workers, also from at-risk countries, bearing the cost of swabs and accommodations for their quarantine.
In these days the harvests of Pinot and Chardonnay grapes, ripened a few days in advance, are in full swing. The first analyses haves shown that grape is generally healthy and balanced, thanks to these dry summer months
Franciacorta is harvesting at the same time as the Champagne region and hopefully a promising year will follow. In Colli Euganei the harvest has just begun, and Vò, one of the cities most affected by Coronavirus, is ready to bet on its production: in fact, this region has been focusing on the plantation of very resistant crossed varieties, which have allowed wineries to cut phytosanitary treatments by 85%.
Umbria and Puglia boast wonderful grapes and their production is proving to be excellent.
September is the turn of late varieties, such as Sangiovese and Cabernet.
So far prospects look good, and a national production of about 45 million hectoliters is expected, only 4% less than 2019, Italy proceeding head to head with France.