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 >

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 >

Vineyard Guests and Drying Grapes

During harvest we found a nest (photo above) where a bird had brooded and raised her babies. This is a good sign, as it means that there is a healthy environment that is enjoyed by wild animals. In the meanwhile, the Vin Santo grapes, lying on the straw mats, thanks to the wind that has blown in the last days have already started to dry (photo below). This phase is very important because, as the drying process starts, the grapes remain healthy even if there is humidity... 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 >