The 2017 growing season began with mild and rather dry winter weather conditions that prompted early bud break. A sudden drop in temperatures at the end of April that affected many areas in Tuscany did not cause any damage in Bolgheri due to its vicinity to the sea that mitigates temperatures keeping them above zero. The months of May through August were characterized by hot dry weather, such conditions limited the vines’ vegetative cycle and reduced the size of the clusters. Rain showers at the end of August and September lowered temperatures slightly guaranteeing a balanced ripening cycle especially for the grape varieties that require longer hang time. Harvesting began early, starting with Merlot on August 26th and after a brief pause, continued with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon during the last half of September.