I will never forget last Thursday, the day I visited the Bele Casel winery and harvest had just begun.
When I arrived around 11 a.m., the first grapes were already coming in.
Danilo and Luca were pumped up with adrenalin. When Danilo approached me to greet me, he reached out a hand soaking wet with grape must and dripping seeds and skins.
“I’m very, very happy with this vintage,” he said ecstatically. “Great sugar levels, great acidity. This is going to be a fantastic vintage for us.”
Later, Luca confirmed that despite the hot temperatures of July and August and a harvest that came a few weeks early, they are going to have a bumper crop of great fruit this year.
I snapped that photo of a Glera bunch in their Monfumo vineyard. It was one of the last parcels to be harvested because it’s their highest-lying growing site.
Walking through the vines, you could feel the spot teeming with life. What an incredible feeling! I’ll never forget it.
Bele Casel’s harvest began on Thursday, August 27 and it ended yesterday, Tuesday, September 1 (for the record).
We’ll post vinification notes as soon as we can.