Rain, rain, rain… but accolades wash away the blues

“Rain, rain, rain,” wrote Pievalta manager Silvia Loschi on the winery’s Facebook today. “And on top of it all, the tractor is broken. But then, a message arrives from the Slow Wine guide and our hearts are filled with joy!”

Dear Pievalta,

We would like to congratulate you because your winery has received the following awards:

CHIOCCIOLA (SNAIL AWARD, “a symbol assigned to wineries for the manner in which they express values — sensorial, territorial, and environmental — that align with those of Slow Food”).

Vino Slow (Slow Wine Award) for the Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Ris. Cl. San Paolo 2012.

Vino Quotidiano (Outstanding Daily Wine Award) for the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Pievalta 2013.

—Slow Wine

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Bioculture: 8 artists trek through Verdicchio country

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Above: A group of eight artists recently descended upon the Pievalta estate, constructing art installations, performing music, and blogging about their experience. That’s Pievalta manager Silvia Loschi, third from right, and grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino, center.

“Bioculture,” write the authors of the its website, “is a pilot project that promotes our territory of Le Marche in the UK. The project spotlights Terroir Marche, a consortium of organic winegrowers, and the Marche region through a new experiential touristic journey which will be undertaken for the very first time by a group of eight young artists of excellence.”

The group recently found their way to the Pievalta estate, where it created works of art through visual components, music, and blogging.

It’s been exciting to follow the “happening” through the group’s blog and social media (the blog is in English btw).

And estate manager Silvia Loschi has been documenting the events and gatherings on the winery’s Facebook (here, here, and here).

It’s only natural that art and viticulture should intertwine. And one of the most exciting things about this particular coming together is that it avoided all the clichés of “fine art” and “fine wine.”

Instead, it embraced the spirit of grape growers Alessandro Fenino and Silvia’s quest to achieve the greatest expression of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi through chemical-free farming and their conviction that biodynamics is the key to giving live back to the earth and its fruits.

The artists’ journey continues through next week. You can follow their itinerary here. Very groovy stuff!

Franciacorta Festival September 20-21

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Barone Pizzini is just one of the many producers participating in the Franciacorta Festival September 20-21. It’s a fantastic way to taste your way through the appellation during one of the most beautiful times of year.

Winery tour and tasting details follow. Click here to visit the festival’s website where you can download the complete program of participating wineries.

Via S. Carlo, 14
25050 Provaglio d’Iseo (BS)

Please email us at info@baronepizzini.it to reserve (reservations required).

Winery Tour and Tasting

Winery visit with tasting of two Franciacorta wines paired with a taste of culatello by Antica Corte Pallavicina.

Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21 (afternoon).

€10 per person

IL BIO NEL BICCHIERE (Organic in the Glass)

Winery tour and tasting with 3 vintage-dated Franciacorta wines apired with three culatelli, with different aging, by Antica Corte Pallavicina.

The tasting will be led by manager and founding partner Silvano Brescianini who will speak about the importance of organic farming “from the vineyard to the cellar.”

Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

€25 per person

Video: a tour of Barone Pizzini & interview with Silvano (English subtitles)

Click below for a video tour of the Barone Pizzini winery and an interview with general manager and Franciacorta consortium vice president Silvano Brescianini (Italian with English subtitles).

In the interview, Silvano tells the story of the winery’s conversion to organic farming.

Other growers and winemakers were highly skeptical at the time and few believed that organic farming was possible in Franciacorta, says Silvano.

The winery obtained organic certification for all of its vineyards in 2001 and today Barone Pizzini is widely considered an organic pioneer in the appellations, where many wineries are now converting or have already converted to organic farming.

Barone Pizzini sub eng from mauro fermariello on Vimeo.

Harvest begins today in Castelli di Jesi, grapes healthy, quality high

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The 2014 vintage began with early budding, roughly two weeks before the average. Back in April, we were convinced that we would have an early harvest.

But the months of June and especially July were very rainy and cool. As a result, harvest was pushed back to a more normal schedule.

The frequent rains during the phase of leaf growth gave us concern for the health of the grapes. And so we were forced to concentrate our efforts on treatments for the vines and canopy management.

Our crop appears to be abundant and the quality of the grapes is good. We the month of August to thank for this: the weather has been perfect, with sunny, breezy days and cool nights.

We will begin picking today: we start with our grapes in Maiolati that will be used as the base wine for our classic-method sparkling wine Perlugo.

—Silvia Loschi

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