Vintage Watch

Keeping an eye on weather around the globe.


As we here in the northeast of these United States endure the first heat wave of the season, it occurred to me that I might want to see what the rest of the world was going through as far as weather is concerned. It's not terribly important to know what the weather in NYC or Rome might be, though if you're interested in wine there are a ton of places to be curious about, particularly in light of the unusually cool and wet start this year's growing season has seen around the globe.

We only have some 12 weeks or so left in the growing season, and this really begins to be make or break time for the vintage. A lot of the world's great vineyards continue to be behind schedule in their maturation process, so without a little help from mother nature we could see an awful lot of mediocre wine produced this year.  So I've begun a little project called vintage watch. What follows are the weather forecasts for many of the northern hemisphere's most important wine regions. I'll be posting these weekly so that we can all keep tabs on what's going on around the world, helping us all understand the wines that will be made this year and leaving us with a record of the weather of 2013.

This is a bit raw today but as the weeks pass I will be able to add commentary both from myself and hopefully from people on the ground. So what's this weeks weather to be like? Let's find out!

Jordan Station, Ontario Canada

Warm temperatures forecasted with a mix of rain and sun for the week.

Napa, California

Mild temperatures forcasted for what look to be a fabulous week.

Alba, Italy

Seasonably warm though this continues to be a wet summer.

Logrono, Spain

It looks like a picture perfect week for Rioja with just a spot of rain.

Sonoma, California

It looks like a warm week for Sonoma, within normal temperature ranges but certainly warmer than Napa.

Mcminville, Oregon

It's going to be a warm week in the Willamette Valley but look at those lows! Talk about your diurnal shifts.

Tuscany, Italy

A bit damp early in the week but with mild summer temperatures forcest for the week.

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  • Wow! This is terrific! Thanks! nancy

    Jul 09, 2013 at 1:12 PM

  • Snooth User: jaybird75
    100123 104

    I don't have to get past the first report to say,
    Try not to use local expressions on the weather. On this date, 7/11, in my territory, 68-80 would be "cool", not "warm". And grapes don't call it anything. It's either time and temps to ripen, or not. Don't you think?

    Jul 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

  • Here in Northern CA the current weather is lovely, but the recent rains may have thrown a wrench into this year's vintage. We'll have to see how the rest of the summer plays out.

    Jul 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

  • Snooth User: jaybird75
    100123 104

    Well good luck nonetheless, we just can't do without a good CA vintage!

    Jul 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

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