Forecast from the Italian Association of Oenologists (www.assoenologi.it) that
are valid till October when final evaluations will be provided.
Forecast are based on the data received from the seventeen local branches the the associations has on the Italian territory.
Numbers are as follow:
Expected total wine production: 46-47 hl (+10% compared to 2014). This means in line with the 10 years production average 2005-2014.
Production increase distributed over the Italian regions in the
Toscana (-5%), Lombardia and Sardegna (same as in 2014), while for all the other regions the production increase goes from +5% (Emilia Romagna) to +25% (Puglia).
Quality from good to excellent all over Italy. The good water reserves accumulated in the past year led to an interesting vegetative growth, led to a spring that favored the phenological stages. An hot summer followed (end of June till beginning of August) softened in the second half of August by beneficial rains, conditions that have established a very positive path of maturation of the grapes with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenolic.
The vintange 2015 is then estimated by Assoenologi qualitatively very good with many excellent peaks.
Wines made from red grapes that are harvested in late September could be a vintage to remember. A hope that needs to be confirmed at the end of the harvest.
If the next few weeks will have days filled with sunshine and right rainfalls we will have great chances of getting fragrant white wines, with a good balance of acidity, alcohol, finesse and freshness, and harmonic red wines, rich in texture, complex bouquet and a long aging.