Harvest 2022
Well beyond our expectations

Società Agricola Le Buche srl

The exceptional drought with record temperatures that hit almost the entire “Bel Paese” have worried the winemakers until the end of August; then we had substantial and consistent recovery thanks to the rains we had at the beginning of September. In any case, according to all producers, is a positive vintage for us in quality, little poor in quantity, and anyway well beyond the expectations of only a few months ago

Here at Le Buche Winery it was not an easy harvest, in the end we had very good qualitative results despite the difficulties and a complex management of the soil, so as not to stress the plants already tested by drought. We had a lot of grapes that remained small size. But very good in quality and ripe tannins
The problem of that harvest was also about a very dry winter and spring. Finally in mid-August, heavy rains started, which lasted until mid-September, which helped to dilute the grapes, to bring temperature swings between day and night, and this helped us to achieve a more balanced ripening on sugar concentration and phenolic maturity
the summary is: a very good harvest, 2022, not as poor as 2017, but not as abundant either, and very good quality, which is the most important thing for us

What’s happened in 2021?
“The extreme weather affecting Europe’s wine harvest has brought 2021 global wine production to what may be its lowest level in 30 years, despite a strong harvest in the Southern Hemisphere.” Said Pau Roca, the Director General of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, announced the OIV’s first estimates of the 2021 global wine production.
2020 saw a below average level of production, but the overall impact to the wine industry was mitigated by the declining demand for wine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But in 2121 again as wine demand rebounds across much of the world, global production was 10 million hectolitres, 4%, below the 2020 level.
In fact, the most pessimistic estimate forecasts a global production level of 247 million hectolitres, which would be even lower than the 2017 production, and in fact the lowest in the OIV’s official records.
“And in fact, it is time to stop reacting with emergency measures to the catastrophe, it is time to try and anticipate these climate changes. With climate change, we won't have a vaccine available, we have to find a solution.”

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