Prosecco diaries: June 2014

In June, again, we spent a lot of time working in the vineyards to fix up the plants and protect them from fungal infections.

Cutting the grass in our Monfumo vineyard is very complicated. To do it right, it takes a lot of effort, precision, and a little bit of experience. video mowing the grass

June 5 – we made our first pass through the vineyards to prune excess canes. By doing so, we reduce the humidity around the bunches.

flowers vineyard italy

June 10 – we made a survey of all the vines. The results follow. PERONOSPORA zero. BOTRYTIS has created a few problems in the lowest-lying vineyards. OIDIUM early symptoms on some of the grass worries me. I plan to treat the areas with powdered sulfur in upcoming days. DEFICIENCIES of magnesium and potassium in just one vine. Tomorrow I’ll treat it with micronutrients. I hope that I won’t have to make more than two treatments before harvest. Unfortunately, those two treatments will probably become four treatments because of the repeated and intense rainfall. 19 giugno – ecco come sono messi i grappoli di Glera. June 19 – this photo shows the condition of the Glera grapes.

prosecco grapes

Here’s a photo of a Bianchetta bunch.

bianchetta grapes

June 27 – during a nighttime treatment, the tractor decided to break down. We had to spend the entire next morning at the mechanic.

vineyard tractor

June 28 – dinner on the tractor.

sandwich winemaker recipe

We had to work late into the night to make up for lost time.

grape grower hard work

—Luca Ferraro, grape grower/winemaker

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