As many of you may know, there have been some stories in the news about the challenges of the 2014 vintage in Italy.
Luckily here in Montalcino, we have been spared the heavy rainfall and inclement weather that has afflicted northern Italy during the summer months. And my father, my family, and I have worked carefully to assure that the grapes in our vineyards are healthy and that their ripening has moved forward.
My father Fabrizio Bindocci, who has grown grapes here in Montalcino for more than 40 years, often says: “man has done the work in the vineyards in such a way so as to have the best conditions for taking the grapes to complete and healthy ripening”.
“Now it is the climatic progression that will make the difference”.
This is the reason for which we have planned to document the harvest of 2014 with nearly daily posts here on our blog.
In the past, we have always written about the weather and seasonal progression with great detail. But this year we have decided to post 4 or 5 times per week with images (more than in the past) and notes about what is happening in the vineyard as we prepare for the harvest of our Sangiovese grapes for our Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.
As we have posted in the past, the cool summer has helped to slow the vegetative progression, which had been accelerated by a warm winter. If the weather continues to be fair, it is highly likely that we will have an excellent harvest here.
We hope that you will join us in sharing our experience and hard work as we document this interesting vintage for our wines.
Today, 10 September, we have picked grapes until 3:00 p.m. After that, we were forced to stop because of rain.
We hope that it ends soon and that the wind dries the grapes.
This is the advantage of being on the southern slope of Montalcino, where, thanks to the influence of the sea and Mt. Amiata, our vineyards are always ventilated. When it stops raining, the wind will rise and the grapes will dry relatively quickly.