Saturday, we began picking Sangiovese in our estate’s highest-elevation vineyards, which are situated at 400 a.s.l.
The weather has been ideal, with sunshine and a north wind that keeps the fruit dry. The low was 14° C. and the high 25°.
We are still working in the vineyards today and if everything goes as planned, we should be done with the harvest tomorrow.
As you can see in the photo above, we had to discard a lot of unhealthy bunches in order to achieve high quality in our wines this year. It’s always tough for a grape grower to “drop” so much fruit but we have very high standards for our wines.
Grapes aren’t the only fruit we’re harvesting right now. Pomegrantes (above) and quince (below) are some of the other typical fruits that ripen during the grape harvest period.
Today when I got up and opened my bedroom window, I couldn’t have been greeted by a better “good morning!”
A cool wind from the north had already begun to blow during the night and it was drying the humidity in the air.
Today, as you can see in the photo above, the sky is beautiful and clear.
As I wrote a few days ago, the north wind is the best natural antibiotic during the pre-harvest and harvest period. It keeps the bunches healthy and when there is botrytis, it dries the bunches and makes it harmless.
Today, we are continuing to pick Sangiovese that will be used for our Brunello and our Rosso di Montalcino, depending on the laboratory analysis of the fruit.