A guide to the 2015 vintage: Italy

Italy harvest updateGenerally, the outlook is positive for growers across Italy this year, with good rain in the early part of the season offset by blazing heat in July.

Over the growing season, there was minimal stress to vines and following the 2014 vintage, many growers were glad to just have something to harvest. 


  • The vintage quality is looking good both in terms of quality and quantity. However, production is still not satisfying demand, which is up 40% on last year, which in turn was up 75% on the year before that.
  • The first 2015 wines are being bottled and are expected to be of very high quality.


  • The summer was extremely hot, which led to the vegetative cycle slowing in late July. Some wines may lack acidity, so careful selection and blending will be important.
  • Yields are similar or slightly up versus 2014.


  • A hot summer led to the growing cycle slowing down in July as temperatures exceeded 40C. However, a warm August and September, with gentle rain, resulted in more balanced grapes.
  • The warm, dry summer led to a good size crop of healthy fruit. Yields are slightly up on last year, which will help balance reserves from the more challenging 2014 vintage.


  • Dry, settled weather led to a good harvest, without any major incidents.
  • A mild spring and warm summer resulted in near perfect conditions.

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3rd November 2015

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