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2013 Vintage

weinjahr 2012Valtellina
Low spring temperatures combined with persistent rain towards the end of the season had a greater effect than all other factors in the yield of the vineyards.


• The presence of clusters, positive in the plants' early phenological phase, slowly deteriorated as a consequence of the constant, very low average temperatures. The problem affected a large section of the vine-growing area. In practice, the reduced fertility of the flowers had a negative effect on their transformation into normal clusters.

• Furthermore, continual rainfall in late summer caused the emergence of downy mildew at the plants' extremities and even grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) on the bunches harvested last.
• From a plant protection point of view, all parasites were optimally controlled. Moths were monitored and there was no need to intervene.
• Sufficient and appropriate foliar fertilization, introduced once the grapes begin to swell, led to the skin becoming thicker, therefore improving the plants' resistance to disease and rotting.

Chianti Classico
In contrast to Montepulciano, the abundant and continual rainfall in the spring was more normal. This made it easier for us to plan the interventions necessary to keep the plants healthy.
• Neither did the low temperatures in the spring cause problems during fruit set, apart from delayed growth.
• From the ampelopathy (vineyard disease) perspective, the most significant parasites (oïdium (powdery mildew), downy mildew, Botrytis cinerea and vine moth) were optimally controlled.
• During the summer there were several thunderstorms that cooled the soil down, a factor that contributed positively to the grapes' maturity, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
• Green harvesting wasn't necessary this year. Foliar fertilization produced excellent results.
• The grape crop was very good, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and far exceeded the forecasts at the beginning of the season.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Complicated climatic conditions, in both spring and late summer, affected vineyard production and the final result for 2013. A hailstorm caused considerable loss of foliage, and production was down by some 25-30%, arriving as it did in the phenological phase, as the clusters were forming. This resulted in profound and significant damage to the berries and new shoots.
• As a result of continual and heavy precipitation, downy mildew infected the leaves and, to some extent, the clusters. Despite careful measures taken against Botrytis in the final growth phase, the wounds reopened and triggered a contagion of grey mould. Consequently, this had a negative effect on the quantity and quality of the grapes.
• In terms of plant protection, oïdium (powdery mildew) was kept well under control and no specific treatments were required for vine moth.
• To aerate the plants, leaves had to be stripped in places where growth was too dense.
• Even though it was a very difficult year, we went ahead and focused on thinning out bunches in several places to remove the larger ones.


Fratelli Triacca 1897

ziu geni Eugenio Triacca, 1902-1981

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