Grape grower and winemaker Luca Ferraro posted the photo above on the Bele Casel Facebook earlier today: he and the Ferraro family began picking their grapes this early morning.
If you’ve been following along here on the blog, you know that this is going to be an extremely challenging vintage for them: heavy rains in July and unusually cool temperatures in August created some serious issues in the vineyards.
But the last few weeks have been sunny and things are looking up. And Luca is confident that the best vineyards will deliver excellent fruit with high levels of acidity.
The fact that he began picking today is a very positive sign: he was concerned, at one point, that the fruit wouldn’t be ready until later in September. But the first week of September is a “classic” time to begin the harvest there.
Stay tuned: we’ll be translating and posting updates as they arrive from the vineyards and the winery.