Vineyard Update: Blooming in the Il Poggione Vineyards

After the bad weather last week, including rain and hail in neighboring areas, the sunny, warm weather has come back. The growing process of the vines has slowed down due to the decrease in temperatures, but has now started to speed up again. Several bunches are in the withering phase (photo 1) and we can see the grapes already formed. It is common to find many different kinds of grapes within one bunch: some that are still closed, some that are blooming, and some that are withering. The olive trees are also blooming (photo 2). Considering the number of flowers, the olive production should be abundant this year. However, the blooming of olive trees is very delicate: sudden changes of temperatures, wind or rain may destroy the flowers. However, to have an abundant olive harvest, it is enough if 10% of the flowers... Read more >

Avoiding Disease in the Vineyards

The seasonal weather continues to be abnormal for this time of year. In the morning, low temperatures are at 9°C (48°F) and highs during the day reach 26°C  (79°F). In the last few days, the Tramontana wind from the north has been blowing. On one hand, it keeps the environment healthy by avoiding diseases in the vineyards, but on the other hand it dries the soils.   As shown in the photo above, we are 15 days ahead, which is why we are already performing treatments in the vineyards against oidium and downy mildew using copper oxychloride and wettable sulphur (see photo below). Generally, the first treatment in the vineyards is made around May 3-4. This year, it was important to cover the vegetation early in preparation for the rain expected this weekend. We hope abundant rain will fall, as the soil, aquifer and cultivations really need it.... Read more >

Early Bud Break in Montalcino

  The seasonal weather, with a mild spring, helped the vegetation to develop 10-15 days earlier than usual. This can be seen from the growth of the vines, with buds already open (see photo above). There was the risk of a late frost, considering the presence of snow over Mount Amiata, but for the moment it seems to have been avoided. We are currently binding the vines with every worker available (see video below), because we are a little behind on this work due to the earlier bud break.... Read more >

Unfavorable Visitors in the Vineyards

The weather this year, with rain and above average temperatures, has caused weeds to grow in the vineyards. To remove them and avoid problems for the vines, the oldest and most ecological system is to work the soil. It is a costly method but very effective, and above all, eco-friendly. Watch the video below to see what we are currently doing to remove the weeds.... Read more >

Vineyard Update: Pruning in the New Year

After the Christmas holidays we are back to work in the vineyards. At the moment we are pruning the vines, which traditionally happens around this time of year. The weather is concerning to all the farmers. The winter has been mild so far with scarce rainfalls. Yesterday it seemed like it rained a lot, but according to the hydrometer only 1 inch (27 mm) of rain fell. This reminds me of another vintage, 1984, when prepared the soil to plant new vineyards in January because it was very dry. Forecasts say the next few days will be characterized by temperature drops combined with the north wind of Tramontana, so no rain. We’ll see and take whatever the sky gives to us, as farmers have been doing for centuries. Meanwhile, it has snowed on the Mount Amiata.  ... Read more >

Vineyard Update: Little Rain and Mild Temperatures

The Favino we sowed in October is growing and we have finished all the work in the vineyards. We are now focusing on preparing and shipping all the orders at our warehouse. Since the end of October, we have had strange weather: as you can see below, there has been very little rain. Temperatures have been above average over the past two months. Only a few days, in the second half of November, have been characterized by low temperatures just above 32°F (0°C). During the winter, it is important to have rain so that the soil absorbs the water to be used in the drier periods of the year; it is also important that temperatures go below 32°F (0°C) so that insects and parasites are killed and the vine can start again in the spring with new and healthy vegetation. The cold is, in a way, a natural... Read more >