Above: a photo taken last week in Montalcino reveals that some vineyards were severely damaged (photo by VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani).
Reports of an August 15 hail storm in Montalcino have been confirmed by at least one grower, Il Poggione. Alessandro Bindocci, son of Il Poggione winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, posted this account in his blog Montalcino Report today. According to owner Leopoldo Franceschi, Il Poggione — one of the larger growers in the appellation — lost up to 35% of its harvest. News of the hail storm was first posted by VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani.