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Italian grape region hit by heavy storms

Italian grape region hit by heavy storms

The centre of the Italian grape region Puglia, has, since last Friday, been hit by very heavy storms. This situation has led to many roads becoming impassable and there has been considerable local flooding. On this link the situation is clearly visible. “What becomes of the grape harvest is very hard to say,” explained Lucian de Wit van PeDe. “Most open field grapes have been harvested, but those which haven’t should be considered lost. The tunnel grapes should, at best, only have sustained light damage but that will be inventoried later. At this moment it is impossible to venture into the open fields even with agricultural vehicles, so any planned shipments will either be cancelled or at least delayed.”

Up until now, the Italian grape season has been running at full steam with very good quality, good demand and holding acceptable prices. Since Monday there has been increasing demand for grapes which has resulted in a slight rise in prices,” Lucien said. “At PeDe there are all sorts of grapes widely available, partly due to scheduled shipments from Puglia moving to Sicily. The rain also fell in Sicily but not to the same extent and it did not stop any loading.” 

Publication date: 10/10/2013

Spain: Sugraone Seedless grape campaign brings heavy losses

Spain: Sugraone Seedless grape campaign brings heavy losses

Sadly, not all news regarding Murcia’s Summer crops are good, and Sugraone Seedless grapes appear to be bearing the brunt. Last Spring’s unusual weather conditions, with lower than normal temperatures, have taken a toll on the ripening process of this grape variety, preventing it from reaching its optimal sugar content, essential for its consumption. Additionally, those same temperatures also caused an excessive settling of the fruit, which also affected its quality, as reported by COAG.

The organisation reminded that the ideal moment for the harvest and sales of the Sugraone Seedless, which is the most produced variety in the Valley of Guadalentin, is the month of July, which was not possible this year, “which is made worse by the fact that it currently has to compete with other table grape varieties which are within their normal sales cycles.”

It is also worth noting that large volumes have been lost due to the presence of Oidium, a fungal disease with a powdery appearance which proliferates in conditions of moderate heat (15 to 25ºC) and high humidity. The production affected has had to be sold to the alcohol industries, which has entailed spectacular losses in value. Many grapes will also not be harvested.

These incidents will be reported by COAG Murcia to the Administrations so that the damage can be further assessed, opening the possibility for future compensations.


Publication date: 8/15/2013