@Bele_Casel: Vineyard notes from August #Harvest2013

Notes from the month of August by grape grower and winemaker Luca Ferraro

emergency irrigation

August turned out to be a sweltering and dry month. On August 4, we were forced, against our will, to irrigate the vineyards — a first for us.

The second half of August, the weather situation improved with cooler temperatures at night and warm and dry days. The conditions were ideal, I’d say, to maintain the aromas and acidity of the wines.

nighttime irrigation

August 5: Usually, irrigation is carried out during the evening and the nighttime in order to avoid heat damage to the leaves and bunches. Unfortunately, we were not able to do it that way, even though it sounds like a simple farming task.

August 7: For the first time in the history of our winery, we were forced to block orders for our Colfondo. The 2012 vintage was bottled in May of this year and it’s still not ready to be sold. We prefer to make our clients wait for the wine. Otherwise, the wines — which are some of our best — could undergo secondary fermentation in the bottle.

prosecco grapes

August 22: Glera grapes destined to become Prosecco.

vineyard plowing

August 23: We returned to the vineyards with our ploughs to move and soften the soil around the trunks of the vines. We paid extra special attention to the youngest vines.

rainfall vineyards

August 26: Over the course of 48 hours, nearly 100 mm of rainfall.

Luca Ferraro

Author: Bele Casel

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