Amarone & Valpolicella wines from 2017
In the idyllic Valpolicella region, the 2017 vintage was a challenging yet promising year. As climate change continues to influence weather patterns, the area experienced hotter conditions than usual. While warmth often signals a favorable growing season for the vineyards, 2017 was not without its complications. Grapes indigenous to Valpolicella, which have thrived under a specific set of climatic conditions for generations, felt the pressure of this excessive heat.
Adding to the complexity, unexpected hailstorms in the late spring brought about frost conditions, further testing the skills and adaptability of local winemakers. This required meticulous attention to vineyard management techniques, from canopy management to precise irrigation. Despite these hurdles, early reports indicate that the wines of 2017 exhibit robust flavors, vibrant acidity, and well-balanced tannins. This year forced winemakers to bring their best efforts to the vineyard and the cellar, and the results appear to have been worth it.
High hopes are pinned on the wines from this year, particularly for the region’s prized Amarone della Valpolicella. Though the growing season was challenging, the obstacles have seemingly been transformed into characteristics that hint at a vintage of potential greatness. This year is a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of Valpolicella’s winemakers, reinforcing the region’s reputation for producing exquisite Italian wines, even when Mother Nature proves unpredictable.