It’s been a strange spring, and it’s getting stranger. Heavy spring rains in Italy, some as far south as usually dry Puglia have left standing water in vineyards around Manduria, and that can’t be good for the Primitivo grown there.
Francesco Selvaggi, a glass artist from a winemaking family (his family supplied their primitivo to American troops in WWII he tells me), hinted that modern techniques might make things worse. “There are ways to treat the problems that this humidity brings, but the tractors that apply the remedy can’t get into the vineyards with this much water. In the old days, you put on boots and had a chemical tank and applied it as you walked the rows.”
We’ve seen a lot of worried people parked along the periphery of vineyards with their hands in their pockets and worried looks on their faces. That can’t be good either.
But the wildflowers—now that’s a different story. We’re talking blankets of yellow interspersed with waves of red poppies. Nice.