Overview about the 2019 vintage


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The report first provides a general overview on the entire Barolo area. 

List of municipalities in Barolo

  • Barolo

  • Castiglione Falletto

  • Cherasco

  • Diano d'Alba

  • Grinzane Cavour

  • La Morra

  • Monforte d'Alba

  • Novello

  • Roddi

  • Serralunga d'Alba

  • Verduno

General overview

2019 in a few words.

  • A warm – but not exceptionally – vintage overall, mainly in June and July
  • Dry beginning of the year, followed by average precipitation from April onwards
  • Diurnal variation above average only in September
  • The SVI distribution is similar to vintage 2016
  • General: more classical vintage, less gradual heat accumulation than 2016
  • Our expectations: higher alcohol and less acidity than 2016

Rainfall comparison

Drought started in winter, with rain missing in December and January. Precipitation we more regular from April onwards, in line with a classical vintage (left chart).

Further investigation on daily precipitation (chart on the right) showed how rain was quite regular, with some thunderstorms in July.

The third chart is useful to compare 3 recent vintages: 2016, 2017 and 2019. 2016 works as an example of a vintage considered of very high quality; 2017 as a very hot vintage. Looking at precipitation, 2016 and 2019 were very similar from May onwards.

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Temperatures comparison

In terms of temperature, 2019 was more normal. The growing degree days (GDD) chart shows exceptional warm days in March, June and July, while the other months were less so. The GDD curve shows a sudden increase in temperatures from June instead of a gradual accumulation.

Furthermore, the last chart shows a comparison of a benchmark vintage (2016) and another very hot vintage, 2017. While 2016 was more gradual and presenting warm temperatures until September, 2017 and 2019 had more extreme increases in March and June.

2017 was very early – causing major exposure to frost. 

The chart below shows the diurnal variation recorded during the season: summer values were below average, recovered only in September.

The warmest municipality, according to our data, was Cherasco, followed by Grinzane Cavour and Diano d’Alba. Considering the average of the last 10 years, Diano d’Alba and Barolo were the one with the greatest difference, 16.57%.

These numbers contribute to defining a picture of the trend for the season: high daily temperatures mainly in June and July, with an early start of the season in March. Sub-optimal diurnal variation. Therefore, we expect higher alcohol.

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