The vines have started to “cry”

Over the last weekend, 30 millimeters (1.2″) of rain fell while it snowed on Mount Amiata. We hoped that temperatures would drop but this was only partly the case. The temperatures are anomalous for this time of the year, with both lows and highs above the average. Yesterday we had 19°C (66.2F) in the warmest time of the day. The vines are starting to “cry”, that is a sign that they have started their vegetative growth and in about twenty days the buds should open. Meanwhile, we are finishing our work of substituting the dead vines with new ones. The peach tree in the following photo has grown from a peach pit that someone threw on the soil after eating it: it provides delicious peaches and does not need any anti-parasitic... Read more >

Snow falls in Montalcino

At the beginning of last week we got back to the work in the vineyards, where we are now pruning the vines. The end of last year and the beginning of 2017 have been characterized by cold weather and low temperatures: the lows have reached -10°C (14°F) and they have rarely remained above 0°C . And we also had some days of rain. Cold weather and low temperatures are important because they allow the killing of parasites and damaging insects, allowing the vines to rest and so they will be ready to start the new growth cycle. Yesterday morning we woke up with a little bit of snow (photo): it has been snowing a lot in the last days on the nearby Mount Amiata; according to the forecasts the next days will be characterized by stable weather with lows around -3°C (26.6°F) and highs around +4°C... Read more >

Ideal August Weather

The weather has been really nice during these early days of August. The days are warm, with temperatures up to 33 °C (91.4 F) and cool nights when the temperature goes down to 19°C (66.2 F). Veraison is continuing quickly – every time we walk by a vineyard, the grape bunches are always more colored. Today is the last day of work for our workers in the vineyards: many of our workers are already on holiday and they will start again on August 18. During this time we will continue to come every day to check the vineyards and the aging wines in the... Read more >

Rain helps moderate the heat

Yesterday Montalcino, as well as other areas in Tuscany and Italy, were hit by bad weather that brought some rain. At Il Poggione, 12 millimetres of rain fell and together with the more abundant rain of other areas, relieved the high temperatures by a couple of degrees (from 33°C / 91°F of Sunday to the 31°C / 8°F of today, as shown in the photo). While slight, this decrease give us a little bit of much appreciated relief from the heat. Meanwhile, in the vineyards, veraison keeps going... Read more >

Rain breaks the Summer heat

After a period of intense hot weather without rain, yesterday evening  the rain finally came (photo). When temperatures are very high and it then rains, there is the risk of hail storms with the risks and damage it could bring. We have been lucky as it only rained, but in other parts of Tuscany and Italy they had hail storms and lots of damage. 25 millimetres (1 in.) of rain fell last night; it is a good quantity that will help the vines in develop and ripen the grapes without being stressed by the heat. The rain has also brought a decrease in temperature- which is good for both humans and for the plants. We are continuously more confident that 2016 will be a great quality vintage but we still keep our fingers... Read more >