The UK may experience a dry summer after a leading Prosecco manufacturer warned that stocks of our favourite Italian sparking wine were drastically down. Sales of Prosecco have spiked over the last couple of years as consumers turned from champagne to Prosecco, however, Robert Cremonese, export manager of Bisol Prosecco has been quoted saying a bad harvest has resulted in shortages – which could mean prices may drastically rise!
“Last year’s harvest was very poor, and down by up to 50 per cent in some parts, so there is a very real possibility of a global shortage,” he told The Drinks Business. We understand that while the Prosecco DOCG area of Valdobbiadene escaped the 2014 harvest relatively unscathed, grapes grown in the DOC where the vines are grown on land which is much flatter had a worse time of it.
“A lot of the vines in the DOC area are newly planted and they ended up soaked – the grapes were rotten and yields were down by half in some cases,” he told db.