“The rainstorms [last week] in Taranto province have caused significant damage in some of the best growing zones,” said Coldiretti Puglia president Gianni Cantele in a statement to posted last week on Terranostra Puglia’s Facebook.
“In those vineyards that had yet to be picked, Primitivo grape bunches were particularly affected. We have begun monitoring the situation and we are verifying the damage.”
“We are also very concerned about grape prices in Salento where we have seen a drop of 10-15 percent in the production of Negroamaro owed to cooler temperatures. In northern Puglia, they’ve had a drop of up to 30 percent.”
“For this reason, during next Tuesday’s meeting of the grape growers and winemakers committee, we are asking Puglia’s Superintendent of Agricultural Resources to allocate aid that will help wineries and winemakers.”