Archive for May, 2012

Cleaning the young ungrafted vines

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Frank & Riccardo with the hoe

After years of little or no success with new plantings, I learned that the changing meteorological conditions to longer and dryer summers required an earlier planting compared to what local farmers were doing 50 years ago. (more…)

Working the soil for bushfire prevention

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Salvo & Giovanni working our alberello vineyard in contrada Porcaria

Although I prefer leaving vegetation in our old-vine vineyards and keeping it low to maintain a fresher, cooler soil in the summer, we are unfortunately obliged to wheel the grass under the soil in our most exposed and remote vineyards to avoid them from being devastated by bush fires over the summer period. (more…)