Saturnalia report for Barolo 2016 is now available

It’s taken longer than expected for us to gather, analyse, and present the data for Barolo 2016, but our report – created in collaboration with VignaVeritas – is finally available to be purchased. The delay was caused by the considerable amount of data we have chosen to leverage for this report, which is indeed very different from our previous ones. Here is why.

An exceptional vintage

This Barolo vintage rose some buzz of excitement among critics, as 2016 has been rated a stellar year for Barolo, one to be remembered for quite some time in the future. And we wanted to do justice to this vintage by combing as many data sources as we could, with the final aim of providing the most comprehensive and complete picture for this outstanding vintage.

What can you find in our report? 

The report is divided into two main parts. The first is a general overview over the vintage: total precipitation is presented for the vintage itself but also as a comparison across the previous years, allowing to put into perspective the recorded data; analyses of temperatures, Growing Degree Days and Surface Soil Moisture are also present. To complete the first part, we added our personal touch by carrying out a comparative analysis across 2013-2016 vintages based on our Saturnalia Variation Index, capable of displaying the performance of the whole growing season through 5 different classes of vegetation activity.

Map of Saturnalia Variation Index calculated on the entire Barolo DOCG area
Map of Saturnalia Variation Index calculated on the entire Barolo DOCG area

The second part is focused on each of the 38 MGAs (Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva, corresponding roughly to the concept of cru) that we selected because of their prominence in the investment industry.

Each MGA comes with 2D and 3D satellite-based maps completed by the Saturnalia Variation Index (SVI) of the last 4 vintages (therefore from 2013 to 2016). Additional info on the production, extra pie charts and graphs correlated by a short description, explain the distribution of the SVI values, indicating hence the performance for 2016 of each MGA and how it differs from the previous vintages.



The 3D map of the MGA Serra, vintage 2016
Serra MGA - SVI map for 2016 vintage (3D version)

How we collect our data?

As previously mentioned, for this report we were able to condensate far more data sources than ever before. Satellite data combined with weather stations information allowed our algorithms to extract more than 300 maps and to calculate the Saturnalia Variation Index for each vintage. The SVI, in turn, stems from an attentive analysis covering the whole year, as it spots eventual problems within the vines during the growing season.

Our facts and figures were complemented by the considerable expertise and direct knowledge of the territory supplied by VignaVeritas, our partner for the composition of the report. They have been a precious resource, as they provided us data that came directly from their hands-on experience, allowing us to portray a 360° picture of the vintage. Special thanks also to the Consorzio for sharing the production data.

250 pages are waiting to unveil their precious insights to all Barolo enthusiasts. Click here to access the purchasing page:

Available MGAs within the report: Arborina, Baudana, Bricco Ambrogio, Bricco Boschis, Bricco delle Viole, Bricco Rocche, Brunate, Bussia, Cannubi, Cannubi Boschis, Capalot, Case Nere, Castellero, Cerequio, Cerretta, Falletto, Francia, Ginestra, Gramolere, Lazzarito, Margheria, Monprivato, Monvigliero, Mosconi, Ornato, Paiagallo, Parussi (Parusso), Pira, Ravera, Rocche dell’Annunziata, Rocche di Castiglione, San Rocco, Sarmassa, Serra, Vigna Rionda, Vignolo, Villero.


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Saturnalia report for Barolo 2016 is now available