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Rollercoaster 2012.. here comes the rain again

by Laura Gray on August 30, 2012

Montalcino weather forecast - 30th August 2012For all those following the dramatic twists and turns in harvest 2012, you will be relieved to learn that we have finally had some respite from the unrelenting heat that has characterised this August and July. If this is ringing any bells, please see here for differences between vintages 2012 and 2003. On Sunday 27th […]


by Laura Gray on August 30, 2012

Our three vineyards are separated by a total of 15 km (9 miles) and have different elevation, soil composition and exposition. Same day, same clone of Sangiovese… just look at the diffference in maturation! I have written about this before but, year after year, this practical example of terroir always astounds me. Our fruit at high altitude, north-west facing Due Porte have the […]

Heat in Montalcino: can someone turn the hairdryer off?

by Laura Gray on September 1, 2011

On 21st August searing hot winds of 41°C (106 F) blew their way across Montalcino. The word on the hill is that depending on age of vines and position of vineyards, many producers are now facing heat-related damage and we are all very much concerned with the health of the grapes so close to harvest. The […]

Invaiatura/Veraison: an illustration of terroir

by Laura Gray on August 10, 2010

Veraison  – invaiatura in Italian – is with us. The grapes change colour one at a time, depending on how much sun they are receiving and on how close they are to the vinestocks. This moment marks the switch from fruit growth to fruit ripening and brings us one step closer to harvest. The first […]

Grapes on 27 August

by Laura Gray on August 27, 2009

A month before harvestA month before harvest “Engustment” : the grapes are softening and building up sugars. The sugars in grapes is what ferments to become alcohol in wine. Brunello must have at least 12.5% alcohol by DOCG regulations but we expect our grapes to grade at around 14% when we pick.