The harvest 2021 has started: great quality of our grapes!

The harvest 2021

2021 will be surely remembered as a particular year. After a particularly mild winter, two significant frosts in April and a rainy May let us expect a general delay in the starting of the harvest. This was a prediction that was proved wrong by an ideal summer which allowed a huge recovery and an excellent ripening of the grapes. And after some weeks since the beginning of the harvest, we are glad to tell you the first results!

The harvest 2021 started officially on the 23rd of August with the picking of Johanniter grapes, a white PIWI variety and it continued with the white grapes of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. On the 6th of September the Manzoni Bianco variety grape coming from the Azienda Agricola Settimo Pizzolato was harvested. The great weather conditions in the last weeks of August and the first weeks of September, characterized by hot sunny days and cool nights allowed an excellent ripening of the grapes. This has also been achieved thanks to the kind of soil where our vineyards grow, which is rich in minerals and pebbles dragged out by the nearby Piave river. Therefore, the heat is perfectly retained. The bunches were perfectly gold and rich in grapes, lacking in botrytis and with a good sugar amount and acidity which will later lend a pronounced aromas freshness in the wines.

Then we started to harvest the Glera grapes, the variety from which the Prosecco comes. Around the 10th of September we started the harvest in the flatland of the DOC area. Here the grapes are featured by a high sugar amount and therefore there is the prospect of a consequent good alcohol content. The harvest in the DOCG area of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene started the 20th of September. In this area the quantities are slightly inferior compared to the last year, but the quality of the grapes is excellent and the bunches are characterized by the typical perfumes of white flowers and acacia, apple and pear. Great attention goes to our Sparkling Prosecco DOC with no added sulfites, whose grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected. This allows us to produce a very high-quality wine. To preserve the quality of the refrigerated must, we will activate the first and unique fermentation just when needed. The purpose is to offer to our clients a real no added sulfites sparkling wine.

Concerning the red varieties, around the 13th of September we harvested the PIWI grapes addressed to the vinification of the Novello 2021, a blend of Cabernet Cortis, Merlot Khorus and Prior, produced through the vinification method of the carbonic maceration. This wine is characterized by freshness in perfumes and therefore its grapes do not have to be too ripe. Due to the reservations we received, this year we are going to produce 26.000 bottles of Novello (200 hl), increasing by a +25% compared to 2020. The Cabernet and Merlot grapes are still ripening and the harvest is planned for the end of September. The harvest 2021 will end with the Raboso, a late variety we use to produce our Malanotte DOCG. It will be probably harvested on the 25th of September. Our enologists expect a slight decrease in the quantity due to the frosts that hit our vineyards in April, but an excellent quality of the grapes.

Timeline – the dates of our harvest

  • 23th August: Pinot Grigio and Johanniter harvest
  • 6th September: Chardonnay harvest
  • 9th -10th September: Glera harvest in the DOC area
  • 13th September: Bronner harvest
  • From 20th September: Glera harvest in the DOCG area
  • From 27th September: Merlot and Cabernet harvest
  • 25th October: expected date for the start of the Raboso harvest

The “PIWI” resistant varieties

Our journey in the PIWI planet, the resistant grape varieties, started in 2017 and is keeping going on, giving great results.

The resistant grape varieties (known as PIWI at international level) are the result of the crossing between the vitis vinifera varieties and the American vine varieties that are resistant to the typical vine fungus diseases. These are vine varieties needing no more than 2/4 treatments of copper and sulfur per year. For this reason and for their low environmental impact, we decided to plant them also close to schools and residential areas. Johanniter grapeswill be destined to the production of “Hoopa”, fizzy Pet Nat wine, while the Bronner will be used to produce “Huakai”, a still white wine. The red grape varieties of Merlot Khorus, Cabernet Cortis and Prior will be destined to the production of “Konti-ki”, a still red wine and Novello. And the Prior grapes will be also the protagonists of “Hurrà”, a fizzy Pet Nat rosé wine.

Among the news of this year there are many vinification tests, above all those concerning with the Souvignier Gris. This variety is characterized by excellent resistance to the typical vine diseases, allowing us to minimize the treatments up to just two, which are the ones required by the law. Other varieties which allowed us to hugely decrease the number of treatments are Merlot Khorus, Cabernet Cortis and Prior.

Through these vinification tests we are trying to produce wine emphasizing in the best possible way these varieties, which are still not so well-known, but they do have great organoleptic qualities!