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Small harvest in Sicily promises high-quality wine

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The 2019 grape harvest in Sicily is somewhere around as much as 30% on average when estimated against the run of the mill ongoing volumes, according to the initial report from the Consortium for the Protection of Sicilia DOC Wines.

Production is relied upon to be in the region of 4.3 to 4.6 million hectolitres, tantamount to the 2018 harvest, which delivered 4.4 million hectolitres. The average for late years is around 5 million hectolitres.

Be that as it may, following six weeks of harvesting, the growers are certain of an excellent vintage. The principal vines to be picked have been white varieties, including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Grillo and Lucido. All are accounted for to hold up under high-quality fragrant grapes.

The harvest was delayed for the current year until August 5, ten days after the fact that 2018, thanks to a cold wet spring. It is relied upon to end in October.

Filippo Paladino, vice-president of the Consortium, stated: “The harvest that began with the harvesting of Pinot Grigio demonstrated a pattern of 40% less amount than in 2018. The other grape varieties harvested, Viognier and Merlot, saw an average reduction of 30%-to-35%.

“We would already be able to state that the ten-day delay with which the harvest began was sure in certain respects: the plants had the option to accumulate aromatic substances and we anticipate extremely fragrant wines.

Everything makes us think that the final balance will be in line with what we are currently seeing.”

The wine sector in Sicily merits some €550 million and is growing rapidly. Deals were up 6% in 2018.

Established in 2011, the Sicilian DOC is an umbrella association for the 24 DOC on the island. It speaks to exactly 7,500 winegrowers with more than 20,000 ha of land under vine.

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