Autumn colors and Olive Harvest

The landscape is dressed with the beautiful autumn colors, and olive harvest to produce our Extra Virgin Olive Oil continues.  As the mix of colors forms a beautiful tapestry, an array of varietals are picked for our oil:  Correggiolo, Moraiolo, Leccino and a little bit of Olivastra.  Many of the trees are over 100 years old.  These older trees and the select blend creates a full bodied and full flavored oil.   Until yesterday temperatures were much above the average for the season but now, after the rain we had last night, a strong Tramontana wind is blowing from the north and it has dried the soils and has brought temperatures back to the... Read more >

2016 Harvest Concludes

The 2016 harvest has concluded.  These are the last grapes left to be picked (photo). As we do every year, after the harvest we start turning the soil to air it as it has been compacted by the repeated passages of the machines. We will then proceed seeding the field bean,... Read more >

Vigna Piganelli – 2016 harvest

After the rain of Saturday night, the wind and the sun were back to dry the vines and help in this last part of the harvest.   Good weather continued in Montalcino yesterday and today. We are still picking Sangiovese grapes and today we’re harvesting the Paganelli vineyard (photo 1). This is the oldest vineyard in our property, planted in 1964, and its grapes are used to produce, in the best vintages, our Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli. The grapes are healthy and at the perfect point of ripening (photo 2) and we can’t wait to taste the fruits of this... Read more >

2016 Harvest Update

Good weather continues in Montalcino, with sunny days  and high temperatures reaching 25-27°C (77-81°F) and lows dropping to 13-15°C (55-59°F). In the photo you can see today’s beautiful sunrise (photo alba). Until yesterday, the northern wind of Tramontana was blowing, keeping away the humidity and maintaining the health of our Sangiovese bunches. We continue to harvest in different vineyards as the grapes are perfectly ripe (photo Sangiovese 2016), to produce wines with balance: good alcohol content, good acidity and extract and color that is developed. We are so far very satisfied of the 2016 vintage. As we always say, the vineyards makes the difference but the weather is the balance and this year the weather has been cooperating so far.... Read more >

2016 Vin Santo – picked and drying

Last Friday we picked by hand the selected bunches of Trebbiano and Malvasia that will be used to produce our Vin Santo (photo 1). The grapes are healthy and ripe and they will now be left on straw mats to naturally dry (photo 2) in a big and ventilated room. They will be left there drying until the beginning of January 2017. Today, after a lucky weekend off, we are starting again the harvest of Sangiovese destined for our Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di... Read more >

Sangiovese harvest begins!

        After some rain over the weekend, where in our area we had 30 mm (1.2 in.), we waited until Monday so that the vineyards soil and grapes were dry.  Yesterday September 20 at 1:00PM we started to harvest the Sangiovese in the vineyards close to our winery. Our workers, trained with the experience of many years working at Il Poggione, know how to select the grapes during the harvest: they select the Sangiovese grape bunches that are healthy and ripe and drop those clusters that are unsuitable, if any. All this because the quality of the wine is made in the vineyard, not in the... Read more >