It barely rains, it’s always cloudy, it’s not hot, and it’s humid…

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There can’t be a more specific title to this post. May and June have really made things difficult for us. I can’t remember a day of continuous sunshine from morning to evening in the last month and a half. The days are always disturbed by passing clouds. Some of them are rainy, but with intermittent showers.

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In all my life I have never seen so many rainbows in Langa like I have this year. I remember seeing at least three in less than two weeks.

 

The map below gives you an idea of the unpredictability of the rain. Consider that the forecasts for next week won’t change.

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A more interesting and worrying figure is the relatively low temperature coupled with the high humidity. I swear to you that it isn’t hot, but if you look at the numbers then we’re talking about a humidity constantly hovering between 85 and 95 percent. It’s a very odd detail.

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These things keep us alert. Unfortunately we have already done six antifungal treatments and we expect to do 2-3 more by the end of June. Iodine will be a problem and because of this we are constantly taking precautionary measures.

 

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There is some good news, especially when talking about nascetta. The quantity of bunches seems higher than the last few years, based on the number of shoots at least.

Like always, our profession has a high risk component and a very close relationship with the sky. We try to understand and react appropriately. This spring and the beginning of summer are putting us to the test.

 

Briccolina vineyard situated in Serralunga d’Alba

Briccolina vineyard situated in Serralunga d’Alba