The 2020 Italian vintage in-depth analysis

The wines’ quality promises to be very good, but the prices of the grapes are worrying the producers

The 2020 vintage is getting into its heart throughout Italy. The forecasts foresee a good harvest in terms of quality and quantity, however, the wineries’ are concerned about prices and markets stability.

This issue is repeating itself each and every year, even more so in a year marked by concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic emergency, which has had a heavy impact on the Italian wine supply chain. This is what emerges from analysis by Assoenologi, Ismea and Unione italiana vini (UIV) about the current grape harvest.

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Due to 2020 climate, a slightly early vintage is expected at the moment, however, what concerns Italian wine producers is domestic and foreign purchase orders in the short term. According to the wineroes’ associations, it will be necessary to redefine promotional strategies for relaunching demand, in order to reposition the presence and prestige of Italian wine in the world.

On the climate front, April and May reported mild temperatures and low rainfall, unlike June and, for the most part, July.


From a phytosanitary point of view the Italian vineyards are healthy, with few outbreaks of leopard spot infections. Only in some areas of Trentino and Friuli downy mildew has caused damage even though the situation is under control, while powdery mildew has been detected in Romagna, Tuscany and Abruzzo.

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The next few weeks will be crucial for the sparkling wine bases as well as the next few months for the other Italian wines. The associations announced that the official data about 2020 vintage will be announced on September 3rd.

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