Figs, too the plums ripened a month or so early this year, then, last week, my dad brought me a plate of very sweet, very delicious figs – usually picked in mid or late August. This to give you an idea of how the grapevines and fruit trees are in equal step, running about twenty days early. Strangely, July has not been very hot, and so why this quick ripening?

The answer is simple: the end of May was scorching, the first part of June were extremely rainy, and now the days are tepid and punctuated with storms that, however brief, occur weekly. The water accumulating on the ground acts as a stimulus for speeding up ripening.

Fig with southern exposure, slope facing the town of Sinio

You will have understood by now that the vacation period for Langa wine producers will be very brief this year…