The opinion of Saro Fichera

Italy: Structural and weather problems for Sicilian grapes

Saro Fichera from the Fichera & Torrisi commercial farm (Sicily) commented on the difficult situation concerning Sicilian grapes.

The company grows and sells a wide range of table grapes - traditional and seedless, early and late - so that it can harvest produce between June and December and guarantee extended supplies to its clients.

"I agree with the analysis of the sector carried out by winegrowers from Puglia. We are talking about serious problems that are made worse in Sicily by the low quality of the produce. The particular weather lately, characterised by an abnormal rise in temperatures, affected the organoleptic qualities of grapes."

"In addition, quality is also affected by overproduction, as vineyards suffer and are less homogeneous, thus disappointing the increasingly demanding clientele."

Because of the lack of rain and due to low humidity levels, there is less need for fungicide treatments, so at least the produce is safe from this point of view."

"As regards Sicilian grapes, the problem is worsened by abundant supplies combined with a drop in consumption," concludes Saro Fichera.

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