Sampling the Nebbiolo grapes

Sergio Molino sampling a bunch of Nebbiolo grapes

Today I am in the vineyard with Sergio Molino, our viticulture consultant and analyst, who will sample grapes in various places on the bunch and in different areas of the vineyard. After having analyzed them, we will estimate a possible date for harvesting. Choosing the right day is important and difficult, most of all because it is necessary to keep track of variations in temperature, which plays a fundamental role. In addition to the analytical method there is an empirical method. It is very simple but very useful, consisting in chewing the grapes at length, evaluating the consistency of the grapeseed oil, the sweetness of the juice and the thickness of the skin. Here, experience is everything.