Harvest 2020 – high quality, but quantity is less than average
„We just finished harvesting, the vintage 2020 is now in the cellar and we are very pleased with the very high quality of the grapes. The only small drawback this year was that the harvesting volume was below average“, says chief winemaker Stephan Filippi. Due to the warm temperatures in spring, bud break and flowering happened two weeks earlier than usual. In June, cooler temperatures and high rainfall slowed grape development. In July and August, the weather stabilized and fortunately, there were no extreme heat events or hailstorms – as in the previous year. Autumn was a little more unsettled, but we were still able to start earlier than usual and finish this harvesting season in mid- October.
“We expect an excellent 2020 vintage, especially from Lagrein”, confirms Stephan Filippi proudly at the last Lagrein grapes’ delivery. “The grapes were very healthy and fully ripe; the taste shows a balanced acidity-sugar ratio.” In summary, the 2020 vintage volume is slightly lower than the multi-year average. Filippi speaks of a volume loss of 5% in the lower areas around Bolzano up to 20% in the higher areas of Renon anf San Genesio. Besides Lagrein, Burgundy varieties Pinot Nero, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay in particular, promise to produce incredibly long tasting and viable wines.