Archive for March, 2012

Trade shows and wine tastings

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Giuseppe handling the crowd

Giuseppe at the battle field during Villa Favorita

Over the last three years, I always return from a wine tasting or trade show feeling completely numb with the idea of not attending these events anymore. Besides me getting older and having a difficulty with noise and chaos, I cannot see the beneficial effect of these tasting to increase or expand the culture of wine, except for pros who have little time and know the products already. (more…)

Avoiding mildew problems this year

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Last year we suffered a loss of approximately 20% of crop as well as the dying of some 100 old vines overall, due to an initial mildew attack in all vineyards in the Northern valley of Etna as well as powdery mildew in July in the 2 most ventilated plots, Monte Colla and Barbabecchi soprano. The snow and rainfall early in the season of 2011 created a humidity canopy in the valley when the temperatures suddenly raised in the spring and as a result mildew was handling crop thinning instead of us!


Vineyard maintenance at Monte Colla

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Pali a Monte Colla

Hammering in new poles

In order to keep a vineyard productive and the vines cured, one needs to also do maintenance which adds up on top of the annual work. Today we finished putting in new poles in the oldest section of the Monte Colla vineyard. (more…)

Impressive hailblast

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

our new vineyard in contrada Porcaria


Last night we woke up around 11PM from the sound of hail knocking heavily on our windows at home. We were under an impressive thunderstorm with lightnings illuminating the whole Northern valley of Etna and hail coming down with incredible power and intensity as well as quantity. (more…)