Harvest Report 2011: Heat Spikes But Grapes Are Healthy and Correctly Ripened

Pinot grigio

The wave of heat coming from Africa that struck Italy has also arrived in Montalcino.

We are having temperature highs of 37° C. (99° F.) but fortunately, after sundown, the temperatures descend and we have lows of 17-20° C. (63-68° F.). And this is good for the ripening of the grapes.

Today, 22 August, we have begun to harvest the Pinot Grigio white grapes, healthy grapes, correctly ripe, 18.7 Babo degrees (Klosterneuburg Must Weight Scale), which, once transformed into alcohol, will give an alcohol percentage of 12.5%.

Pinot grigio grapes

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