After a mild and dry winter (the warmest in the last fifty years), the spring was hot, with temperatures above the seasonal average, and dry.
Between March and April there were 80 mm of rain against the 160-200 mm average of the period.
This situation of abnormal heat led all crops, including vines, to early budding (15-20 days earlier than normal). The vegetative activity began since the middle of March early April, raising fears of late frosts which however did not occur.
The above-average temperatures instead favored further vegetative growth, the early varieties started to bloom on May 5th and the Garganega around 10-12 May. An advance of about 10 -15 days compared to a normal season.
The rain in June brought the water needed for enlargement of the grapes, and it was providential as it was about to begin a period of drought.
It was thought that such rain would cause a drop in temperatures mitigating the advance in the vegetative process that instead continued, fostering further development of the vines.
After this phase the good weather continued, favoring the enlargement of the grapes that were, for the Garganega, sparse and of good size.
The harvest happened for the early varieties in the first days of August and for the Garganega in the first days of September.

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