Vintage update 2014: Italy

It’s been a difficult vintage in the regions north of Rome. With a lot of rain and insufficient sunshine, rot was prevalent which means that volumes are down approximately 13%. In the south, however, the growing season has been good with a predicted average sized vintage, so entry-level pricing should remain fairly stable.

Regions

Lugana or Orvieto – with similar styles to Gavi, either region is capable of stepping up to steal some of the market share as Gavi prices rise.

Piedmont – will continue to become more fashionable due to increased press coverage and the trend for lighter styles. Barbera and Dolcetto are particularly popular but Nebbiolo is also finding favour with a lot of buyers. Approach Valpolicella with caution.

Campania – winemaking techniques are getting better and better in this south western area of Italy. Keep an eye on Greco di Tufo and Falanghina for excellent flavour and value. Decent sized yields in the south of Italy and normal harvest means this area will be a very attractive proposition.

Trends

Sparkling – UK consumption is at an all time high. Italian winemakers are recognising this and responding with good quality product. Look out for some gems in 2015.

 

Date:
16th October 2014


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