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 >