It’s harvest time at Tommasi Family Estates! Tommasi officially started the 2020 harvest, beginning at the Caseo estate in the Oltrepò Pavese with the Pinot Nero for the spumante base wine. The rite of the harvest is – for the Tommasi family – an appointment that includes various starting dates, dependent on the production zones of the Group’s wineries, of which there are no less than six, in the North, Center, and South of Italy. That is why keeping tabs on the prospects for – and progress of – the harvest at Tommasi means monitoring a large part of the Italian wine production scene, with our expectations being logically linked to the climatic and technical/production-related developments that have taken place during the year. In this regard, Giancarlo Tommasi, the Group’s enologist, declared: «On August the 18th, we began the harvest in the Oltrepò Pavese: a splendid day and splendid grapes! At this moment, we are also monitoring the final stage of ripening of the Pinot Grigio at our Prunea Estate in Vapolicella, and we hope to soon start harvesting there. The Vermentino at Poggio al Tufo will need another week; the same goes for the Fiano at Surani, which we will harvest after 24th August. On the other hand, we will have to wait until early September for our Lugana, monitoring the ripening of the grapes on a daily basis» From Emiliano Falsini and Fabio Mecca Paternoster, who oversee winemaking respectively at Casisano and at Paternoster and Surani, come some interesting details about the weather at the individual estates. Casisano – Montalcino, Tuscany In terms of the weather pattern, this year has been ideal up until now. The vegetative cycle began very slightly early and has carried on without any notable climatic phenomena so far. The spring was regular and mild; only in the last few days of July did the temperatures rise considerably, but this has not affected in any negative way the optimum growth of the vines and the ripening of the grapes. So, the vines did not suffer any stress from lack of water, and yields are also in line with the norm. At the moment, we can consider this a classic vintage, with prospects of excellent quality. If the weather in August and September remains regular, we can look forward to a very interesting year which, based on the weather patterns we have seen so far, recalls to some extent 2015. Paternoster – Basilicata We have witnessed an excellent vegetative cycle: rain fell at just the right time, with always about ten days between showers, favoring the right amount of absorption by the plants and linear vegetative development of the vines. There have not been any problems with the health of the vines, and a very gradual véraison phase is now beginning, which makes us think that the harvest will take place at the end of October. Another particularly important factor for the grapes’ quality has been the marked differences between day- and night-time temperatures, which have been evident since the end of July, thus making the bunches swell very nicely. Surani – Puglia From a quantitative point of view, production this year has been influenced by a frost that considerably compromised the flowering phase, especially for the Primitivo, so we now have low yields but – on the other hand – extremely high quality. We did not register any problems with vine health, and the weather patterns were positive and linear: it has certainly been very hot at times, but cool breezes in the evenings and frequent (but never intense) rains have always helped the vines to confront each stage in their phenological development.