How Italy’s 2019 vintage is shaping up

Arcari + Danesi vineyard in Monte Orfano

Walter comments, reluctantly, on this year's vintage in Italy.

Later that same day The first official estimates for the total volume, a combined effort from ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il Mercato Agricolo Alimentare, Unione Italiana Vini and AssoEnologi but not MIPAAF, the Ministry of Agriculture), came out yesterday: 45m hl (16% down on last year).

5 September 2019 I am not too keen on any preliminary reports on forthcoming vintages in Italy because often they result in a snapshot that is not really representative of this large and complex wine country as a whole.

Producers hate it too, not least because they feel...