Over 500 million euros in crop damage from drought, storms
Italian wine harvest suffers 'irreversible damage'25 July, 15:12
Recent weather is responsible for a "crazy summer", according to Coldiretti, which blames a prolonged dry spell followed by snap rain and hail storms for more than half a billion euros in damage to fruit and vegetable crops.
Italy's wine harvest suffered "irreversible damage", Coldiretti said.
In the northern Lombardy region, Pinot and Bonarda vineyards were hard-hit, while in northwestern Piedmont roughly 90% of Barbera and Timorasso grapes suffered damage on the vine from egg-size hail.
Italy's Civil Protection Department issued a warning for heavy storms in central and southern Italy through Wednesday, with sunshine expected to return Thursday following the Circe Cyclone.