Archive for January, 2012

Re-planting ungrafted Nerello Mascalese

Friday, January 20th, 2012


Great wine is made from old vines. This is the main reason why I have been searching for old-vine alberello vineyards, even though these result in 2x to 3x the labour costs compared to a modern training system.
But like any other live organism, there comes a time to move into the other world to rest, even for Nerello vines on lava soil. (more…)

Vintage and harvest news 2011

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Clara_Frank Punchdown

Back on-line! Sorry for not having been very communicative since nearly a year… Anyway, time for an update on the vintage, harvest and other issues.

In short, 2011 was an incredibly intense year in terms of work in the vineyards and family. We started really well pruning early and being way ahead of time with the pruning work. Worked well all the vineyards which needed a bit of help and so we dug out the soil around the vines to give them more air and water absorption. Slammed in many new poles, rebuilt stone walls after the heavy winter rains, … The rain, snow and humidity were great until February but as of March we ended up in a spiral of work because vegetation was exploding and from being ahead of time, we were running 3 weeks behind. (more…)