Vineyard Update – The Tramontana and the Virtues of Planting Grasses in the Vineyard

This morning the Tramontana, the north wind, continues to blow. Temperatures plunged as low as 46°F due to a major weather front that swept through Italy from North to South. Luckily, no rain here in Montalcino.

In our cellar, alcoholic fermentation is coming to an end and the first wines have already finished malolactic fermentation.

In our vineyards, we are planting a calculated assortment of wild grass varieties in the younger vineyards to facilitate the development of the vines’ root system. Oat grasses are great because they adapt themselves well to our soils and climate.

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Planting grasses between the rows of vines helps to hold the soil in place and avoid erosion, especially in sloping vineyards and in very rainy vintages. Grasses are particularly important during the rainy season because they allow tractors and other vehicles to enter the vineyards. The grass also acts as an antagonist to the vines throughout the year by taking water and nutrients from the soils, which forces deep root growth, resulting in smaller grape bunches with a higher skin-pulp ratio.

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