When I was in school, they told us that before planting a vine, the grower needed to plough deeply and then fill the earth with chemical fertilizer based on the analysis of the soil and precise calculations that would help you understand how much and which fertilizer to use.
Today, if you follow these instructions — whether right or wrong — you will be viewed by your peers as someone who is ruining the land.
It’s not hard to understand how difficult it is to be a grape gower when not even our “teachers” have clear-cut ideas of how to farm grapes.
grape grower and winemaker
Below: Glera from the 2013 harvest at Bele Casel. “Personally,” writes Luca, “I find this bunch to be tremendously sexy.”