Harvest: in Piedmont growth of + 5%, but exports are decreasing
Harvest: in Piedmont growth of + 5%, but exports are decreasing

There is good news and bad news regarding the harvest in Piedmont: the good ones are that it has been rated one growth of + 5% as regards the production of hectoliters of wine. The bad is that you fear for the drop in exports linked to the Coronavirus pandemic.

For the 2020 harvest in Piedmont there is talk of one very good quality of the grapes: forecasts assume the production of 2.7 million hectoliters of wine, with a + 5% compared to what was produced last year.

The data comes directly from Coldiretti Piedmont. The Alta Langa grapes have already been harvested, while now we continue with the Moscato, Arneis, Chardonnay, Erbaluce, Gavi and Timorasso grapes. Later it will be the turn of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo.

However, Roberto Moncalvo, president of Coldiretti Piemonte and Bruno Rivarossa, confederal delegate, explained that if in terms of quality it is an excellent year, it is exports that worry. The pandemic and the lockdown caused a serious crisis especially in Ho. Re. Ca channel, precisely the largest market for fine wines.

Piedmontese wine, before the epidemic, was in great demand in the United States, Great Britain, Japan and China. However, if we put together the commercial problems linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, the threat of US tariffs (for now it seems that we have managed with regard to wines) and the exit of Great Britain from the European Union, here explained why the export sector worries a lot.

With this in mind, Coldiretti Piedmont asked the Region to put in place the "active quarantine" to help agricultural businesses that have to finish the harvest plagued by the small number of foreign agricultural seasonal workers blocked by the anti-spread Coronavirus regulations.

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