The forecast for the first vintage of the new Doc Riviera del Garda Classico, whose production specification came into force with the 2017 campaign, is positive: it started with the grapes Doc Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese destined for the production of Chiaretto, and harvest is then continued under the best wishes with the selections for the reds, accompanied by the ideal weather conditions of a September which, at particularly cold temperatures of the night, ideal for enhancing the polyphenolic grape kit, contrasted rather hot days perfect to complete the ripening cycle.
From a quantitative point of view, the decline in production is estimated at -20%, mainly due to the frost of April 19, but on the health front the year did not pose any particular problems: on the lake as a whole the summer vegetation trend was smooth and balanced, with an ideal alternation between periods of hot and rainy, neither too abundant nor too scarcely, which allowed not only an ideal development of plants, but also a reduction of pesticide interventions in the order of 40%.
The advance of the harvesting campaign has also been considerably reduced: the profile is that of a medium-early vintage that, despite the particularly hot summer, did not record exceptional accelerations. The harvested grapes were all sane and in perfect health conditions, with a good aromatic profile and with sugar gradients rising compared to the last grape harvest. The wait is for very interesting wines both in terms of complexity and longevity.