“Italian agriculture already in trouble due to increasingly harsh winters, and droughts that signal the onset of Grand Solar Minimum conditions,” says reader Norman Grant Smith.
‘Genuine balsamic vinegar is made from grape ‘must’, the cooked juice of grapes traditionally grown in the Modena region of northern Italy, although there are now brands from other parts of the country and Spain,’ according to the Daily Mail.
‘But the whole region has been hit by a devastating crop failure because of a late spring frost followed by a very dry summer – a perfect storm of unfriendly conditions for farmers, said trade journal The Grocer.
‘The harvest this year has been a disaster,” says Marco Nodari of the Italian brand Mengazzoli. ‘Prices will change rapidly,’ says Nodari. An increase of 45 per cent is ‘not out of the question’.
Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this link