Press release: Franciacorta Harvest 2015
Translation by Franciacorta Real Story.
The 2015 vegetative cycle began smoothly with budding during the first ten days of April.
The period from April to August 2015 had relatively little rainfall with respect to recent vintages. On average, temperatures were high and there was practically no rainfall in July. As a result, vine development was slowed and ripening was brought into line with a more regular progression.
Harvest began the first week of August and continued for roughly 20 days. Ongoing high temperatures prompted growers to speed up their efforts and as a result the harvest period was relatively brief. Grapes used in sparkling wine production must be harvested quickly in order to maintain the necessary acidity levels and ensure the wine’s freshness and aging potential.
In terms of quantity, with respect to initial forecasts, the actual official yields were 5-10 per cent lower than expected. The fact that there was virtually no rainfall during the vegetative cycle resulted in decreased weight of the fruit.
In terms of quality, the 2015 harvest will most likely be remembered for wines with greater structure and complexity than in other vintages. It’s still too early to draw conclusions because wines from any given vintage in Franciacorta are tasted for the first time two years after bottling.
In positive news for growers, with respect to the same period in the previous year, sales of Franciacorta in the first six months of 2015 grew by 10.6 per cent in Italy and abroad. By the end of June, 5,855,781 bottles had been sold. Of those, 12.4 per cent were exported, with growth of 8.4 per cent. Japan continues to be the number-one foreign market for Franciacorta.