My good friend Giampiero Nadali, creator and editor of one of the most closely followed wine blogs in Italy, Aristide, reports in his latest article and 4-minute video survey on the devastating hail storm that ravaged a wide area of "greater Valpolicella," including the Soave zone. You don't need to understand his narration in Italian to understand the extent of the damage to the vines and fruit at this critical time, especially after a year of intense heat, drought and generally capricious weather. It will take extremely good (and unusually lucky) producers to make enough quality wines to meet demand with the 2007 vintage.
Thank you, Giampiero, for this dramatic video. No wonder, as you say, producers in your area are "worried."