Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought
August 4, 2017
COCCAGLIO, Italy (AP) — The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer's heatwave and drought.
Producers of bubbly spumante in the Franciacorta area of Lombardy, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Milan in northern Italy, officially launched the 2017 harvest on Friday, 10 days earlier than last year.
"Every year, we need to pay close attention to the vine. There is no longer certainty on when to harvest," said Claudio Faccoli, a winemaker whose label produces 55,000 bottles a year. "We need to keep an eye on the climatic situati...