Piedmont vintners celebrate 2018 vintage as the 'best since 2000'

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

20 December 2018

Sommeliers rejoice, 2018 will be a great vintage for the wines of Piedmont, according to a report from vintners association Vignaioli Piemontesi.

The report claims the 2018 harvest has been ‘miraculous’, especially when compared to the previous vintage, which was deemed to be the worst of the last 50 years.

Giulio Porzio, president of Vignaioli Piemontesi, pointed out that the good vintage was the result of great care taken in the vineyard, and said that ‘in 2018 the grower is back to being the key to achieving quality’.

The year has been challenging for Piedmont winegrowers as a result of fluctuating weather, which has seriously tested growers’ skills. But, despite the overall adverse climatic conditions, such as spring frost and copious early summer rainfall, the weather became relatively stable towards the middle and end of the summer, leading to a satisfying harvest.

‘Both quantity and quality has been exceptional, one of the best of the last vintages,’ claimed the report, ‘perhaps the best quantity vs quality ratio since 2000.’

Overall, wine production was just over 2.5m hl, up 30% on the previous year. Indigenous grape varieties, such as Pelaverga, Cortese and the region’s star Nebbiolo, performed at their best, with Barbera, Freisa, Arneis, Grignolino, Erbaluce, Favorita, Vespolina, and Chardonnay also offering excellent quality for winemaking.

‘The 2018 harvest confirms the quality of Piedmont’s viticulture and its unique characteristics that make it a top international wine region,’ commented Piedmont’s agriculture commissioner Giorgio Ferrero.

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