In 2009, almost every wine growing region dealt with extreme weather challenges. Heatwaves, excessive rain, and weather extremes made the 2009 year tricky for many areas in both the USA and in Europe. Following is a short summary and what might be expected for 2009 vintages.
Business, promotion and information are the keywords of the 44th Vinitaly, scheduled 8-12 April 2010 (www.vinitaly.com). Always a platform for meetings between supply and demand, the largest International Wine Exhibition is upgrading its services for companies in order to support them during this difficult market period and prepare them to grasp the opportunities that will arrive with the economic recovery.
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A “world” Vinitaly closed this evening after five days of contacts and contracts with buyers – up by 10% over 2005. International attendance came to 23% of the total 144 thousand visitors (143 thousand last year). This result ensures that VeronaFiere – the organizers of Vinitaly – achieved the objective of the exhibition by meeting market demand and an integrated system for promoting wine on international markets. Positive comments emerged while touring the 80 thousand square metres of net show area among 4,200 exhibitors from 30 countries. The next shows will be in May with Vinitaly Russia, in October with Vinitaly USA, and November with Vinitaly Japan and Vinitaly China.
The Rhine and Mosel regions saw their fifth excellent year in a row, amid a string of successful harvests that began in 1988, with only two hiccups along the way. The grapes from this year’s harvest combine aspects of the 2003 and 2004 vintages: high ripeness and good acidity, the result of a growing season that never experienced the extreme heat of 2003.
This year’s European wine harvest could be the lowest in a decade, after a summer of storms and heatwaves. Estimates put the harvest down by 10-20%, and the picking season was early by 2-3 weeks in most regions of France and Italy. Usually, hot weather reduces the overall harvest tonnage, but produces fine wine by killing parasites and raising the grapes’ sugar – and therefore alcohol – content. Most vintners are optimistic but only time will tell.Wine growers in France are predicting a vintage year, Even though grapes are producing less juice for pressing, the taste is more intense than usual, experts say. French vineyards have not seen such hot weather, considered key to producing exceptional wines of rare aromas, rich body and deep color, in more than a half century. Many vintners throughout Europe say they’ve had the best conditions since the sweltering summer of 1947, a legendary year for wine. The heat has brought early ripening and fewer grapes.