Heat­wave ac­cel­er­ates Fran­ci­a­corta har­vest

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

Pro­duc­ers of Ital­ian sparkling wine Fran­ci­a­corta in Lom­bardy of­fi­cially be­gan their wine har­vest 12 days ear­lier than usual on 3 Au­gust.

The ‘ Lu­cifer’ heat­wave that has af­fected coun­tries across Europe had ac­cel­er­ated the ripen­ing of the grapes, lead­ing to what is be­lieved to be the ear­li­est har­vest in a decade.

Pro­duc­ers in the Fran­ci­a­corta re­gion typ­i­cally be­gin pick­ing af­ter 15 Au­gust, and re­gional norms for­bid har­vest­ing be­fore 1 Au­gust.

‘ It seems that re­cently we’ve been get­ting closer and closer to that date,’ ex­plained Mauro Piliu, ex­port direc­tor at Castello di Gus­sago, which be­gan the har­vest on 3 Au­gust. Piliu is ex­pect­ing a drop in pro­duc­tion of about 10% in com­par­i­son to 2016.

Har­vest also be­gan on 3 Au­gust in Spain’s Penedès re­gion, cen­tre of Cava pro­duc­tion.

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