A year in the vineyard

A year in the vineyard

Few know just how much work there is behind a bottle of wine; years of wise and laborious work, never improvised, the result of experience and tradition.
Unvaried cycles over centuries that are respected, remembering that it is nature that commands the various seasons in the vineyard and that man must work together with its slow and gradual course, without forcing it. And so at San Biagio di Callalta, on the estate of Fioravanti Onesti, all the phases are carried out by skilled workmen under the guidance of expert technicians so as to guarantee the health of every vine, maintain its productivity and preserved its future.

 

Spring

At the end of March, you can see the vines awakening after a long winter’s sleep: small buds swelling along the cordons and after a short time covered in a cotton like protection.
After two weeks, the buds open and you can see the tips of future leaves.
Shortly after, these leaves open one at a time until they are fully distended.
The inflorescences are now visible.
In May the clusters develop and the flowers open and separate.

 

Summer

At the beginning of summer, the vineyard is in full flower and little by little the sepals covering the berry fall off.
During the maturation, the small berries swell causing the bunch to hang down.
At the beginning of August, the veraison occurs; the grapes color and become translucent.
According to the type of vine, the summer temperature and the quantity of rain the date of maturation varies, even by weeks.
Normally on the estate, the harvest is done when the grapes, daily monitored, are mature and the climatic conditions are suitable.

 

Autumn

When the harvest is completed, the cordons continue their maturation and, as the temperature drops, the leaves fall.
In the wine cellar, the grapes are processed according to their characteristics and specific end product. Already in November, the wine destined to be bottled is completed and the rest remains in steel vats until it is ready for use.

 

Winter

Now the pruning and tying of the vines proceeds leaving the buds for the following year.
On the Fioravanit Onesti estate, the care of the vineyard is extended to the biological vegetable garden where the vegetables cultivated accompany traditional Italian cooking, using the seasonal produce. Also the fruit trees in the garden of the Villa are biological, perhaps with some imperfection, but full of the taste of nature.