The weather in 2012 was ever-changing. Winter was altogether mild with temperatures above seasonal averages, except for a very few days in February when it snowed heavily and temperatures were remarkably low. A rainy Spring delayed sprouting/budding of the vines and resulted in a slight decrease in the quantity of grapes. Scarce rainfall was registered in June and July. August was hot but water-ground reserves assured the normal process of grape ripening. September was characterized by good weather and had the right amount of rainfall with noticeable day and night temperature fluctuations.