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Italy
Italy

Italy

Quality over quantity

Quality over quantity

You may have seen that 2017 was the smallest grape harvest in Italy since 1947. But no need to overreact. The devastating frost damage hit low-lying vineyards where mass production is more important than good quality. We tend to buy from hill vineyards which were less affected. The summer drought affected everywhere but older vines with deeper roots survived better. In short, base prices for run of the mill will be more affected than the good stuff.

Encouraging news from Italy is that 2016 was a stunning year for reds in most of the vineyards of Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. Though the top wines are not released for two to three years, they will be something to look forward to. 2015 was generally ripe and highly successful, and the cooler wetter 2014 showed that good hillside vineyards can make fine wine in such years. 2014 Barbaresco and 2014 Fontodi Chianti prove this point.

Sebastian Payne MW
2018

Sebastian Payne MW

Sebastian Payne MW
Buyer for Italy

2018



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