Time for a little 2016 harvest report from Tuscany and a few pics from the past few weeks. We had a really hot and dry summer, so quantities are looking a little scarse, but so far the grapes are looking really good and many folks have high hopes for a great vintage. Of course, only time will tell...
This is a super busy period for all, anxiety, joy & hope. You really can compare it with a birth - in this case of a new potential long-lived wine (if we all were to have the patience to wait to drink these wines!).
Harvest coming in from the Antinori vineyards at Badia a Passignano
Sorting of grapes at Fattoria La Massa in Panzano in Chianti
Giovanni Manetti happy with grapes coming in at Fontodi, Panzano in Chianti
Stomping of grapes like in the olden days at Fattoria Corzano & Paterno, San Casciano Val di Pesa
Grape bunches being laid out on bamboo for drying at Capezzana in Carmignano
A Vermentino grape at Castello di Gabbiano, in Chianti Classico area
A couple of bunches of Sangiovese at Vecchie Terre di Montefili, Panzano in Chianti