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 >

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 >

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 >

Olive Harvest Begins in Montalcino

Yesterday we began the olive harvest; like every year, we prefer to start harvesting early so that we can extract a very high quality extra virgin olive oil, high in polyphenols. These are natural antioxidants and not only are they good for the health, but they also allow the olive oil to have a longer lifespan. The olives are hand picked by our workers in our estate olive groves and quickly sent to our oil press for the cold pressing and extraction of the Extra Virgin Olive... Read more >