From Il Palazzone:


Sangiovese progress report: 28th June 2012

by Laura Gray on June 29, 2012

What a difference a week makes….  The photo above was taken on 28th June at Le Due Porte, the one below on 21st June at the same vineyard. We have had a week of high temperatures (38°C – 100°F) and no rain. As in most Montalcino wineries,  our chaps are now working the orario unico; […]

Grapes on 21st June 2012

by Laura Gray on June 21, 2012

Grapes blossoming in Montalcino

by Laura Gray on June 7, 2012

  In the last few days the grapes have been blossoming here at Il Palazzone. The tiny flower clusters are an important indicator for harvest date and it is a delicate time for the vines. Our vineyards are in three different positions; this year the lowest lying vineyards blossomed a whole two weeks before the […]

Grapelets on 22 June 2011

by Laura Gray on June 23, 2011

Summer is officially with us and after the heavy rains that marked the beginning of June, we now have summer heat and balmy evenings, fireflies and nightingales. The grapes are flourishing under the loving surveillance of Marco, Paolo (our enologist) and Massimo (our agronomer).

Little details: canopy management

by Laura Gray on June 3, 2011

We are gearing up to dropping some fruit next week with our first green harvest of the year. The vineyards have all been “zappate” – hand-hoed – so that the soil can absorb whatever water comes their way. Bear in mind that from January to 14th May we had only half the normal rainfall (10 […]