(ANSA) - Rome, August 16 - The Association of Italian
Enologists' has indicated that 2013 may well be an excellent
year for the production of both red and white local wines if the
current climatic conditions carry on, according to preliminary
forecasts of the outcome provided by Riccardo Cotarella who
heads the body on Friday.
"It's going well, this climatic situation cannot but be
favourable", he said.
"We need to use a conditional tense, obviously, but if it
carries on like this, I am optimistic and it could be an
excellent year both for whites and for reds".
Grape-picking has already started in the southern Italian
regions of Sicily and Puglia, but only for some vines, like the
Chardonnay and Pinot ones.
The rest are expected to be picked starting in a week or 10