Italian wine harvest ‘down by 2 billion bottles’

Drinks: Drinks, Wines
Location: Europe, Italy

A combination of spring frost and an extreme summer heatwave have left Italy’s wineries looking at one of the smallest vintages in living memory.

Early reports have put this year’s crop at just 38.9m hectolitres, smaller than initial estimates when picking started, and the smallest since 1947.

Recent figures from the Associazione Enologi Enotecnici Italiani (association of Italian Oenologists) Italy’s 2017 vintage, meanwhile, estimate that this year is 28% – or two billion bottles – down on 2016.

Regions from Piemonte to Sicily were affected by the same spring frosts that hit much of Europe. The remaining crop was then reduced further by the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave, whose scorching summer temperatures caused drought in many regions and reduced berry sizes dramatically.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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