Italy's wildly varied 2018 vintage – part 1

Raffaella Veroli

Walter introduces the mosaic of factors that determined the varied character of last year’s wines in Italy and details what happened in northern Italy. See also part 2 of his report.

It has taken me a while to report on the 2018 vintage in Italy because the picture this complicated year has thrown up throughout the peninsula is far from coherent. 

From my corner of Italy, the Veneto in the north east of the country, the year looked pretty much picture perfect with a warm spring with cool nights and a very hot August. Its regularity was a relief after...