Italy Piedmont

Italy Piedmont

Decanter-33

2008 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions A relatively benign start to the year saw vines ahead of schedule, but all changed with a cool, cloudy April and 17 days of intense stormy rain between…

Decanter-10

2007 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions One of the driest and mildest winters of the past 50 years was succeeded by one of the hottest springs in the same time period. The result was…

Decanter-19

2006 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions A challenging vintage with extreme weather conditions that included severe heat at the beginning of July and cool, damp weather – and some heavy downpours – toward the…

Decanter-25

2005 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it’s been a tough and difficult vintage. The early part of the summer saw draught and moderate temperatures before…

Decanter-33

2004 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Late in starting due to abundant rains in the first months of the year. Winter temperatures remained low for longer than normal, delaying budding and flowering. Summer temperatures…

Decanter-24

2003 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions It was the earliest harvest for 200 years in Piedmont. Piedmont also suffered from excessive temperatures and no rain over the four summer months. Autumn in Piedmont, as…

gaja-160

2002 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Rain, hail, cool temperatures and wind wiped out many of Piedmont’s top productions. Although Piedmont was badly hit, Nebbiolo did fairly well due to Indian summer conditions that…

Piedmontvines

2001 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions ‘Throughout the 1990s we’ve had really good vintages,’ says Giovanni Sandri, a Monforte-based winemaker best known for his Barolos and Dolcettos, ‘but this will definitely be one of…

Travaglini-vineyards-Gattinara

2000 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Unsettled weather with often unseasonal extremes made this a difficult year to manage in the vineyard, but producers who reacted promptly to the vagaries of the weather had…

Decanter-10

1999 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions The year began with temperatures back to normal levels after two unusually warm winters. Healthy amounts of snow fell in January and March, helping to restore water reserves…

Decanter-19

1998 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions January and February were mainly very mild. Growers were concerned with the virtual absence of rain or snow. In March the weather was very dry and warm. Temperatures…

Decanter-33

1997 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions The year began with unsettled weather: plenty of snow and extreme cold periods. From the end of January until May the weather turned exceptionally dry and often very…

Decanter-24

1996 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions January began with plenty of rain and snow, after which February and March were relatively dry. A wet April gave problems with the development of fungal diseases, but…

Piedmontvines

1995 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions After a fairly mild winter, 1995 was affected by extremely variable conditions for flowering and setting of fruit at the end of May and early June. Summer was…

Travaglini-vineyards-Gattinara

1994 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions A moderately cold winter was characterised by high levels of rainfall. March was dry and warmer than normal. Spring was cold with damaging late frosts in April. June…

gaja-160

1993 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions The year began cold and frosty with little snow. February was much warmer and spring-like, although it ended with a cold and snowy sting in the tail. March…

Decanter-10

1992 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions January began cold and clear and ended warm and wet. February and March were variable in temperature with fairly low precipitation. April was capricious, with long periods of…

Decanter-19

1991 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions After three dry winters, snow came early, in November 1990 to replenish what was fast becoming an arid landscape more akin to Sicily than Piedmont. December, January and…

Decanter-24

1990 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions The year began with extremely low temperatures and dry conditions. At the end of January, a pattern of very mild weather began and lasted through February. The absence…

Piedmontvines

1989 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Despite a cold winter with periods of sun alternating with heavy fogs, there was no snow for the second year in succession. The dry spell continued throughout the…