Harvest 2021 officially concluded: sustainability, investments and vineyards’ care are the keywords!

Even this year the harvest of our organic grapes came to its end: a positive vintage that offered us great emotions

In the former article you can read here,  we told you about the beginning of our harvest 2021: white wines are fermenting, releasing increasingly distinctive scents week by week. We will taste the final result around January/February 2022! After the white varieties and the resistant grapes, we harvested the red varieties: and here you are the results!

Timeline – the calendar of the second part of our harvest

  • 23rd August: Pinot Nero harvest for Prosecco Rosé production
  • 6th September: Pinot Nero harvest
  • 20th September: Prior harvest
  • From 27th September: Merlot and Cabernet harvest
  • From 25th October: Raboso harvest

Weather features

2021, from different points of view, will be remembered as an unexpected year. The season started with a hot winter and a spring registering a higher temperature of 2.03 degrees than the average. This facilitated the awakening of the nature with move up of the seasonal first fruits, that unfortunately endured a serious damage because of sudden frosts in the first half of April. Despite the, fortunately few, damages and the rainy month of May which impeded a normal blossoming of the vines and caused a delay of 15 days, in the first weeks of June temperatures increased and a real vegetative exploit took place. Between the end of June and July the climatic trend was rather uncertain, important stormy phenomena and exceptional hailstorms occurred. Fortunately, our vineyards have not been hit by these adverse events. On the contrary, the rainfalls followed by a hot and dry weather, allowed our team to limit the precautionary irrigation of the vines and to make the grape ripen in a better way.

The harvest of the red grape varieties

The harvest of the red varieties started on the 23rd of August gathering the Pinot Nero intended to become the base sparkling wine of our Prosecco Rosé. The remaining part of the Pinot Nero has been harvested around the 6th of September. We are happy to produce, with great results, this DOC red wine with fruity scents and a light ruby red colour. This wine is obtained through a classic red vinification method where the skins remain in contact with the pulp for around two weeks.

Then we continued the 20th of September with the harvest of the Prior grapes, a resistant variety we use to produce two of our PIWI wines, the fizzy rosé wine Hurrà and the red wine Kontiki. This vine variety is giving us great satisfactions: berries presented healthy and perfect from the qualitative point of view and our winemakers are sure they will confer clear notes of red fruits and wild blackberry in the rosé wine and an appropriate alcohol content in the red one.

At the end of September, we harvested the Merlot and Cabernet varieties, which are destined to the production of our no sulphites added wines. A distinctive product for our winery, which does not involve the addition of any amount of sulphur dioxide. Exactly for this reason, to produce these wines, during the harvest we carried out a careful selection of the berries and only the best bunches have been lately vinificated. This year our winemakers expect to obtain high quality wines, strong red in colour and good in structure.

Harvest 2021 officially concluded with the Raboso harvest, a local and typical variety of the area in which we are located.

This year the bunches, strong blue-violet in colour and with the distinctive “boot” shape, have been less in quantity compared to the norm, because of the spring frosts that compromised the bloomed buds, but from a qualitative point of view the berries are perfect. From June to October, the favourable weather conditions allowed an excellent ripening of the bunches, registering a good alcohol content and an adequate berry acidity. The harvest started on the 25th of October. The grapes, rigorously hand-picked so that only the best bunches are selected, are destined to the production of the 3 different typologies of Raboso: Raboso IGT Veneto, Raboso DOC Riserva and Malanotte DOCG. Part of the grapes our Malanotte DOCG “Il Barbarossa” comes from, arrived in the winery to be vinificated. Instead, the 30% of the total amount will dry out on wooden trellis at controlled temperature until the end of the year and it will later conclude the aging in oak barrels and barriques. This year, following the guidelines, from November it is possible to uncork the 2018 vintage.

Sustainability and investments

According to us, to cultivate in an organic way and to produce organic wines is a real lifestyle that entails an important change in the way in which you approach the world. The required attention you have to pay in the smallest details and the rigor in the norms and guidelines observation to obtain the certifications is decisive.

Even this year our pomace has been destined to be reused to obtain organic by-products. It has been delivered to 3 distilleries that will produce our organic grappa, a dietary oil, and news of this year, a flour coming from the berry seeds of our Raboso grape. The flour, produced by G.S. Natural srl, not only is a product rich in nutritious properties, but it also perfectly embraces the winery philosophy since it is the result of an activity aimed at minimizing the waste and giving value to raw materials. The flour will also be one of the main ingredients used to cook the courses at “L’Officina del Vino”, our new agri-wine bar.

The key factor of the organic agriculture is the constant monitoring of the vines and the grapes, acting in a precautionary way and recognizing the little signals the plants show. This is possible, beyond the great experience of our agronomists, even thanks to important investments we are carrying out during the years.

During the period between April and September, through two agro-meteorological stations, the agronomist and the team working in the countryside have been able to constantly monitor the following parameters: amount of fallen rain, air and soil temperature and humidity, leaf wetness, solar radiation and wind speed. Then, following the objective data elaboration, our collaborators decided when and in which way to intervene in the vineyards.

During 2021 we also increased the volume of our organic purifier, which went from 20.000 liters up to 30.000 liters of purified water every day. A further important investment interested the vinification area, where 6 new steel tanks have been bought, allowing us to reach a total capacity of 55.000 hl.

Lastly, great investments have been accomplished concerning our Azienda Agricola, both at staff and machineries levels. Two new states of the art tractors, that allow a consume reduction up to 10%, and a machinery to clean the areas below the rows, have been purchased. The latter, thanks to special “star disk”, reduces the time necessary for weeding activities.

Since even this 2021 harvest has come to its end, an enormous THANK YOU goes to our COUNTRYSIDE TEAM: all the collaborators taking care of our vineyards respecting the environment and the animals living in our unpolluted nature. A group that currently counts 10 people and that is growing year by year with the entering of young people showing great competences and the desire to learn and improve themselves.