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Prosecco's harvest on its way, producers have great expectations

Prosecco's harvest on its way, producers have great expectations
Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene 

Venice - The grape harvesting of the Prosecco Docg, one of the most successful Italian wines in the world, is on its way, starting from its easternmost and youngest vineyards. For the viticulturists of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, this is the busiest time of the year, as on a land defined by very steep and irregular ground, often inaccessible to machines, they have to spend many hours along the rows, manually picking the Glera grapes.

This year, due to the weather conditions, harvesting started approximately 10 days earlier, as predicted by the experts of the Consortium for the protection of the wine, and compared to the figures of previous years, it looks like 2017 will be very similar to 2015, which had registered very good results, leaving wine produces optimistic. The quality is expected to be excellent and grape tasting, one of the pre-harvest technical testing stages, has given positive results in terms of the sweetness and hints of fruitiness that we will be able to enjoy in our glasses. Also, the estimated overall yield and prices of the grapes seem to be in line with the figures of 2016. "Despite a particularly problematic year, the grapes we are harvesting are in line with those picked in previous years - confirms Innocente Nardi,

President of the Consortium for the protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg wine - so now we are ready for the most important challenge of the year, well aware of the effort that each producer will need to put in to manage all the stages of the work, both in the vineyards and in the cellars, and the precision with which each company prepares for the tests that are necessary to guarantee the best quality. And it's precisely the care and dedication that we put in every detail that makes us proud and keeps our sense of belonging, to our land and our wine-making tradition, alive".