The desire for a vineyard

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-914" title="IMG_2861 copy" src="×225.jpg" alt="New Barbera planting” width=”300″ height=”225″ />I am just back from the World Wine Meeting in Chicago and as you will have becoming aware in my previous blogs, the desire to dash off into vineyards is always there. It is a habit, but it is also a need for me to have contact with my type of nature. My passion has always been more linked to the winery than to the vineyard, but on my return from travelling around the world, I feel myself drawn by my vineyards, as if they wanted to see me and needed my presence. The sun is hot, but it does not make me perspire.  There is a little breeze which ensures a splendid day, as if to welcome me back home. The first thought to cross my mind is to run down to the new Barbera vineyard, situated in Sinio facing west, right in front of the castle at Serralunga d’Alba.  It was planted two weeks after the Briccolina Nebbiolo and I am curious to see just how it is taking root. From the photo, it can be noted that vine cuttings are reacting well.  The weather is not really hot and our clayey land land retains a lot of water which helps the development of the baby plants.

The year before a planting it is necessary to decide on a few important details, such as, for example, the type of rootstock to be used. In fact, the plant is composed of two parts: the so-called American root part or rootstock and the part which is above the earth, which is called the graft and determines the grape variety. The two parts are skilfully grafted together in a nursery glasshouse; the green waxed cloth which can be seen in the photo protects the cut of the graft. We have chosen a not too robust rootstock, resistant to limestone which induces an excellent vegetal-productive balance: the 420 A. The negative aspect it that it can cause problems with the sprouting. It appears to me for the moment that there are no worries, although in agriculture there is never certainty.