Italy Friuli Venezia Guilia, Vigna Petrussa, Sustainability
We met with Francesca Mecchia of Vigna Petrussa last October in Milan to learn about Vigna Petrussa, the family vineyard, and the winery that she and her mother run in Friuli Colli Orientali.
This episode of our interview with Francesca Mecchia covers the sustainable methods they use in the vineyard and how they are dealing with climate change.
The 2022 vintage was not the easiest in most of Italy. When we spoke with Francesca Mecchia of Vigna Petrussa, she explained.
As they approached harvest, they needed rain. It was boiling hot, and things were ripening quickly, but not quickly enough. The grapes needed a bit more time. It was suddenly cold and gray in the middle of the week before they expected to harvest. The following week was predicted to be rainy, so they had to finish the harvest in just 2 days.
During Covid, they added an irrigation system. Dry farming used to be easy, but younger vines need a bit of support with extreme heat and drought. Even with this support, some of the newer plants didn’t survive, and those that did suffered with smaller and fewer berries.