A growing season with weather like 2020 has not been seen for several years. A dry, mild winter preceded an early bud break compared to last year. April and May were characterized by turbulent and rainy weather, and low temperatures delayed the flowering which arrived in June in perfect conditions. The summer months registered average seasonal temperatures without extreme heat; breezy weather and proper rainfall have led to very healthy and productive vines, without Peronospora or other common diseases. There has been however an increased presence of esca disease and flavescenza dorata, is preoccupying but continuously kept in check by the technicians from the “Soave Sentinel” team.
The Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave are in optimal health with an average yield. The Assembly at the Soave Consortium took a prudent position and decided to lower the 2020 yields through a meticulous selection of the best grapes. The yield is set at 450.000 hectolitres, in line with market demand.
The latest statistics regarding bottling show encouraging signs that producers are recuperating on the losses suffered early in the year, and is a sign of the trust and market demand for Soave, particularly in markets like Germany.
The harvest in Soave should begin by September 20th, slightly ahead of the past few years. The Garganega bunches are very elongated and loose, and with a higher than average acidity due to the optimal diurnal ranges registered in August. With this climate, the wines tend to show more freshness and floral notes of acacia and chamomile.
Consortium President Sandro Gini comments, “We are preparing, on the one hand, a promising harvest, on the other, managing some clouds on the horizon. Our Consortium is showing that it is proactive and able to respond to the problems ahead and we are confident that we will be able to react promptly and effectively in the future.