The resulting report is a valuable mean of knowledge both for winemakers and wine lovers. «Our technical report is getting more and more fundamental for our winemakers, as it allows a healthier and more focused approach to vineyards, thanks both to experience and to all the data collected and shared with everyone over 14 years – said Paolo Valle, Consorzio Friuli Colli Orientali e Ramandolo president – I'd like to thank all the technicians involved for the incredible amount of work needed, and all the winmakers for their collaboration. Year by year we're writing down our diaries, a biography of our lands which will benefit future generations too, besides the present ones».
All 2021 seasonal data
According to the data shown in “Le stagioni e le Uve”, 2021 is going to be a great year for wines as to quality and longevity. The weather was a bit unstable, with a frozen spring (temperatures were 2,8 C° less than usual), while during the summer and the grape harvest warm and cold temperatures alternated. Rains poured in heavily at the beginning, especially in May, but then came to a halt and almost brought some vineyards to drought. Temperature jumps thus led to more sugary and less acid grapes than usual.
Sprouting was a few days late, in April, and so was the blossoming in May. Veraison (ripening of grapes) was very quick, with little difference among the vine varieties. Grape harvest began in the first ten days of September and went on up to mid October. Vineyards had been monitoring for a total 7 months.
Vines' health got some help from the peculiar climate: while in spring downy mildew (a plant's parasite) spread due to heavy rains, the following heat wave discouraged other parasites to attack the vines, so that the grapes were able to ripe fully and safely. Grapes' fertility was average, but differences were highlighted between vineyards having a good watering capacity, and those who haven't. Click here for the full 2021 report.
During the report introduction, broadcasted live through the web, Consorzio Friuli Colli Orientali e Ramandolo also announced the winner of its journalistic competition “Natura Vitis”, organized with BancaTER, Udine University and Promoturismo FVG. The goal is to reward those who contribute to viticulture, sustainable and organic/biodynamic winemaking in the Consortium's DOCs through their scientific, practical or educational work. This year's winner is Caterina Zanirato, who took part into the event “Decamerone delle Storie Oneste”, writing about her stay in the Oriental Hills on the websites Sportoutdoor24 and I viaggi di Caterina.
About Consorzio Friuli Colli Orientali e Ramandolo
The Consortium's area includes, from the North, the towns of Tarcento, Nimis, Povoletto, Attimis, Faedis, Torreano, Cividale's Eastern part, San Pietro al Natisone, Prepotto, it then extends itself South-West towards Premariacco, Buttrio, Manzano, San Giovanni al Natisone and Corno di Rosazzo (here are all the municipalities involved). These hills are between 100 and 350 metres high (above sea level) and four DOC, or Denomination of Controlled Origin abide here: DOC Friuli Colli Orientali, DOCG Ramandolo, Rosazzo and Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit. More than 200 local winemakers adhere to the Consortium.
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