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Hopes are high for Prosecco harvest

Italian producers are optimistic about this year's wine harvest, particularly in Prosecco and the north of Italy, thanks to a warm summer.

This is welcome news after Italian winemakers faced a difficult harvest in 2014, due to high rainfall throughout August last year.

Speaking at the Decanter Simply Italian trade and consumer tasting this week, Andrew Bettini, Export Manager for Piera Martellozzo said ‘We’ve had a good summer, unlike last year which was terrible.’

Piera Martellozzo started their Prosecco harvest, as well as for their white wine, last week with just a slight delay due to some rain – ‘but last year we had rain every day, so it’s completely different’ Bettini added.

Whereas this year there were concerns that volumes of Prosecco were running low, due to low volume and higher demand, it appears quantities won’t be a problem for the 2015 vintage, according to Bettini.

‘At least there’s more quantity – everybody ran out of Prosecco [this year].’

At Domus Vini they were also optimistic, having also just started their Glera harvest – which is about 10 to 15 days earlier than last year.

Daniele D’Angelo, Sales Manager for Vini La Delizia, said the summer was ‘very sunny and also had a small amount of rain… so we are optimistic for the new harvest.’

Whilst Vini La Delizia are happy with how the whole harvest is looking, they are particularly pleased with their white wines.

‘Now it’s warm during the days and a bit cold in the nights, the difference in temperature is very good for the perfumes of the whites,’ said D’Angelo.

‘We are expecting a good harvest, but especially for the whites.’

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