Will it be a Double N year?

Categories: Vineyards and wines

We have officially begun the 2014 harvest. This is, without a doubt, a complicated and delicate year, where a producer’s timing and decisions will have a fundamental effect on the quality of his wine. This is a year which will teach me a great deal. I have experienced 16 years of harvests first-hand and I’m…

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The problems of summer

Categories: Vineyards and wines

Here’s a very synthetic analysis for you of the problems which have characterized a good part of the 2014 viticultural year in Langa. My intent is to make you partners in the difficulties which we have faced and which we will face again for the next few days. 1) A lot of water, not just…

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Difficult year? We’re ready.

Categories: Stories

I’m going to be banal, but in this not-summer we have to talk mainly about the weather. Based on this data issued by the Italian Meteorological Society you will understand what I am talking about: Due to persistent Atlantic streams, July 2014 in Piedmont will go on record as a decisively cool month, even if…

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Not just rain, but hail too…

Categories: Vineyards and wines

June and the first fifteen or so days of July were not fantastic months weather-wise for the Langa vineyards. Hot weather didn’t really show up. The rains were frequent and constant. We’ve done many treatments, almost one a week, and despite this we’ve had some leaves attacked by downy mildew, but for now nothing alarming….

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UNESCO Victory, but…

Categories: Stories

Everyone is talking about it, Piedmontese and non-Piedmontese. I heard the news from the Internet on a beach in Liguria and I instinctively began to feel proud, and I told the closest people around me: the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! I’m exactly not sure what that means, but the…

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15 intense days – it’s ripening time!

Categories: Vineyards and wines

  I say intense because, as always, mid-June is characterized by a lot of work in the fields that accumulates and often piles up. The blossoming has finished for the nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto, while the nascetta has almost finished. We have to treat the clusters of grapes with sulfur to protect them from powdery…

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Water and blossoming

Categories: Vineyards and wines

  May was characterized by instability and a lot of rain, a large quantity of water which accumulated with the amount that fell in winter, but the temperature wasn’t very high. Despite the abundant water, the plants felt little humidity. Morning dew was never seen, so, fortunately, attacks from pathogenic mushrooms never happened. Blossoming has…

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Pennsylvania side-by-side

Categories: Stories, Winetrotter

Pennsylvania is one of the few American states where alcohol is controlled by the state, therefore there are no private wineries, but rather a big chain of shops controlled by Harrisburg. Like all monopolies, they have good points and bad points: on the one hand secure earnings and control over the products, on the other…

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Barolo Briccolina 2009: the great pleasantness

Categories: Vineyards and wines

It was very warm year of cold September nights, rainy in the right moments. The result is a Barolo characterized by the smells of fruit and spices, with powerful tannins typical for rich opulent structured wines. During the ripening many sugars formed which created higher alcohol levels. All of this without impeding the Briccolina from…

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Easter Tour at the Vineyard

Categories: Vineyards and wines

  The week before Easter is decidedly sunny, cool and unexpectedly windy, a climate situation that does not alarm us from the phytosanitary point of view. There will be rain on Easter and Easter Monday, so for this reason I have decided to carry out the first treatment tomorrow. The air is sparkling and it…

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We’re Changing

Categories: Stories

Yesterday I was in Magna hall, attending the speech of Ruggero Mazzilli, an agronomist who has practiced organic farming in vineyards for so many years that he has created the first three organic-districts in the Chianti Classico area. There was a crowd of more than a hundred local producers, who followed the simple and effective…

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