Extreme weather in Italy delivers snow to Montalcino where Mazzoni is made

As the New York Times reported today, Europe is experiencing an extreme winter, including Italy and Tuscany where Mazzoni is grown and vinified.

The following photo and report come from Montalcino Report, a blog authored by winemaker Alessandro Bindocci, winemaker for Mazzoni.

On the day of Friday 3 February it has not snowed.

The minimum temperatures have arrived to -4° C. It seems however that it is even colder because of the strong wind from the north. The bad weather has move toward the Adriatic, Lazio, and the South. Again, this time, we were lucky.

We have closed the works in the fields and we will begin again on Monday if the weather permits it and in the meatime, we will work in the cellar and in the office. If the temperatures do not go down, there will not be problems, for neither the olive trees or the vines. We wouldn’t like to have another 1985 where 70% of the olive trees died because of the cold.

In the night of Friday, some millimeters of snow have fallen. Not much but the snow has created traffic problems on the morning of Saturday. Minimum temperatures between -5 and -6° C.

Sunday afternoon the thermometer had arrived at 0° C. thanks to a nice sunny day.

Today, Monday, the thermometer showed -6°: it has not snowed again and the day seemed to promise well inasmuch as the sky was clear and the sole should help to heat and make the temperatures rise again.

But seeing the weather forecasts, the inclement weather is not finished. In this week, it is foreseen yet cold because of the freezing winds from Siberia and perhaps more snow.

Seeing however that which has happened in Umbria, Lazio, and Abruzzo, we were actually very lucky.

—Alessandro Bindocci

2 responses

  1. Thank you for the update on your weather and its potential impact on your harvest yield. I have heard from other friends in Italy, and their olive groves, too are in peril. For those of us not involved in agriculture, it is easy to overlook what an unforgiving tyrant the weather can be. I am hoping the weather changes for the better.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  2. Pingback: Tuscan vineyards in the snow… | Siena Ristorante Toscana

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