It’s harvest time again, and each year the grapes seem to be collected earlier and earlier in the month. The exceptional heat wave and drought which we had in Italy this past summer has caused a scarcity of grapes in the vineyards and of olives in the olive groves. I have seen this phenomenal everywhere walking across the countryside in central Italy, and especially from Liguria to Tuscany.
We know the lack of rainfall increases the sugar yield in the grapes and therefore the quality of the wine. But at the same time the vineyards do need some rain, as well the heat, to create the perfect balance of this most valuable nectar!
Agriculture tends to have good production in alternative years. So one year there may be a good yield and everything is fine, and then the next year the yield could be a bit less- sometimes losing part or all of the crop.
The real news, I find today in the newspaper, is that because of the climate change of the past 30 years, vineyards are being pushed higher and higher up the mountains. There is a serious undertaking of some entrepreneurs in the Dolomites to create the highest vineyards of Europe. The vineyards are located in Cortina D’Ampezzo, the so called “Cortina 1350”, whereby the number indicates the altitude. It is an experimental vineyard, selected with native resistant vines to low temperatures.
In the course of history the climate it has changed considerably, especially if we think of the Romans themselves, who introduced the vine in England…
See on www.italianfootprints.com
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