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Jun 19

Global warming, #harvest19


Before installing the @davisinstruments weather station, I would never have believed that I’d see an ET (evapotranspiration) reading of 497 within the space of less than six months. The constant wind creates even bigger disasters if we look at the ET figure in relation to the amount of rainfall since 1 January: 141 mm. (For  [...]


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Jun 19

Delestage


Having reached the rolling fermentation stage, it’s time for the first “delestage”. Delestage is carried out after the cap has formed, with the complete removal of all the liquid from the vinification tank, pumping it into another tank. This allows the cap to deposit on the bottom of the vinification tank where, thanks to the  [...]


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Jun 19

Wild vineyard orchids


For #giroNizza on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of April (weather permitting), we’re going to organise some trips into the vineyards to discover wild orchids and all the other plants that grow among our vines. For younger visitors, there’ll be a flower hunt in the vineyards, to recognise and catalogue all the wild varieties that  [...]


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Jun 19

Anteprima Barbera 2016


Arrivata alla decima edizione, è ormai una degustazione molto attesa per il mondo Barbera al fine di farsi le prime idee sulla nuova annata, e verificare le sensazioni avute durante la vendemmia e la vinificazione. Premessa. Causa annata piu tardiva delle recenti medie e soprattutto causa le lunghe fermentazioni, i vini sono molto più grezzi  [...]


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Jun 19

Anteprima Barbera 2016


Prima di parlare dell’annuale degustazione delle Barbera della nuova annata, vorrei fare una piccola precisazione a cosa scritto da Coldiretti Asti sulla sua pagina de La Stampa Asti di oggi Domenica 18 Dicembre 2016: Il Piemonte produce circa 3 milioni di ettolitri di vino e ne importa dall’estero 1,5 milioni che, aggiungo io, rappresentano piu  [...]


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Jun 19

#iostoconloscrewcap


How come there are so many different coloured screw caps? Every time we bottle a wine, we create a log with the different membranes and seals. 24 bottles per type, divided between: – saranex – tinfoil which are two seals used by all manufacturers of screw caps, and – spin- – spin – spin+ which  [...]


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Mar 19

Vigna 58-61


It has always been called Vigna Vecchia (the Old Vineyard) because it’s the most historical place on the estate, replanted by grandfather Giovanni between 1958 and 1961. But now we going to have to change its name, because, quite rightly I suppose, the use of the word Vecchia on the label has been contested.We’re going  [...]


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Feb 19

Villalta 2016.


Villalta 2016 is a “complicated” Barbera and I’m going to tell you why. What does the label say? Villalta, ok. – Barbera d’Asti docg, ok. – 2016, ok. – batch: v230318, ok and this means that it was bottled on the 23rd of March 2018, after 17 months in steel tanks. – 16.5% vol., ok  [...]


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Jan 19

Niades annata 2018


Si prepara il Niades 2018 per l’imbottigliamento di venerdì. Come di consueto il 2° lotto rimane oltre due mesi in autoclave, dopo la fermentazione, sulle proprie fecce. Come per il Moscato, anche il Brachetto si giova parecchio di imbottigliamenti tardivi che però vanno un po’ in contrasto con la moda, anche economica, di avere l’annata  [...]


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Nov 18

Vera 2017


“Tutto fa un uomo, nella vita. Tutto crede, nei giorni. Crede di rompere il destino con l’ebbrezza.” Due to spring frosts and exceptionally dry weather, the 2017 grape harvest as particularly meagre and we ended up with half the production of a normal vintage. This is the main reason why we decided to make just  [...]