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 >

New White Wine Vineyards

While of course our focus in Montalcino is red wine, see receive increasing requests from our customers for white wines.  With this in mind,  this year we are planting new vineyards of Vermentino and Chardonnay. The soil has been previously worked and it is located in the lower elevations of the estate, where it is possible to irrigate and the specific microclimate is a better fit for white wines. The estate keeps growing and we are always more convinced that quality is made in the vineyards.  This is the reason why we have decided to increasingly become self sufficient and produce all the grapes we need for our whites in our own vineyards (as we have done for years with our red wines) so to further increase the quality of our white wines The selections of the vines  is made from a high quality nursery with which we have been cooperating over the last 40... 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 >