Here we are: the most significant time of the year has come to an end. After two weeks of full dedication to harvesting grapes from all the corporate vineyards, the technical facilities abound with healthy bunches due to become the next batch of amazing Panizzi wines, vintage 2017.
"The harvest overall conditions have been great," says Walter Sovran, our winemaker - apart from a couple of days of clouds and light rains, the weather was spectacular. We could not hope for anything better to pick up the grapes and ensure their perfect storage and transportation".
The below photos fully represent our 2017 vintage: light-cut games of disarming beauty, grapes of extraordinary colors ready to be picked up, breathtaking landscapes under a clear sky and under rare clouds.
With regard to the history of the events that marked our harvest, the beginning was the last week of August with the grapes of Passito in Seggiano (Grosseto), while the first days of September were dedicated to harvesting the grapes for our red wines in San Gimignano; finally we harvested the Vernaccia grapes, in San Gimignano of course, from mid-September for just under two weeks.
And from the point of view of the quality of the harvest what can we say?
"Healthy grapes and great expectations," Walter Sovran continues. "It was certainly not an easy year, given the small amount of grapes we have harvested. We all read alarming news these weeks. The important thing is that the grapes are healthy: they promise well and we are wholeheartedly confident that we will get a quality result. "
Regarding the direst difficulties of this year's harvesting, the specialised press has reported some important data that can not be ignored: Coldiretti reports that production was 50% compared to regular years, the lowest in the Country in the past 50 years; Acneologists, Ismea and Uiv confirm this situation (though with slightly more favorable percentages). In general, the vintage of 2017, throughout Italy, began in August, much earlier than average; winter and spring have not spared ice-cold events and periods of great dryness, until the extreme heat of the summer.
Also overseas (anywhere in Europe and the world), frost, hail, gusts of wind, heat peaks and droughts have contributed to significantly lowering the production (-8% in Languedoc, -11 / 25% in La Mancha , just to make two examples).
In short, the attention and the expectation were high, but luckily, at least at Panizzi, grapes have come to perfect maturation in good health, albeit in reduced quantities compared to previous years.
We console ourselves with the thought that more than ever our 2017 productions will be a special and valuable asset, given the limited availability, and a truly unforgettable experience when enjoyed in their deluxe versions, namely Vigna Santa Margherita (our Vernaccia of San Gimignano selection) and Riserva.