The Italian Vineyard
THE ITALIAN VINEYARD - ENOTRIA TELLUS
4. TERRITORIAL VALUES
4.b. Summary of the regional positioning
Some regions have protected their vine-growing system (in the north and Tuscany,) and some are further strengthening it, such as Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, which are repositioning vast areas of PGIs and DOs (thanks to the success of Prosecco wine). Other regions are suffering significant losses or, in the worst cases, an implosion of viticulture due to multiple factors that can be summed up in structural, oenological and merchandise positioning weaknesses (tab. 4.21 Summary of regional positioning of viticulture in territorial values). It concerns all the other regions in Italy except Abruzzo, which is trying to react by reorganizing the sector, and Tuscany as mentioned above.
In particular, Apulia and Sicily have moved from the notorious production of “wines for blending” to younger and fresher commodities. As for Apulia, the focus of the training system, and canopy management has shifted from head pruned - Gobelet or Bush vine (“Alberello”) - in Salento to irrigated “Tendone” in the Foggia area; Sicily, on the other hand, is trying hard to find its own identity, nostalgic about public money, yesterday poured into distillation and today into “green harvesting”.