A note from Pievalta manager Silvia Loschi:
On Friday, we sampled the grapes for a third time and decided that the moment had arrived to begin picking.
This morning at 6:00 a.m. (Tuesday, September 3, 2013), we assembled the whole team (Alessandro, Gianlcua, Mitico, and Roberto) and began picking in the “Veranda” vineyard.
These grapes will be vinified as the base wine for our sparkling wine.
It was planted in 2009 and it’s called “Veranda” because it lies just below the veranda we use as our tasting room.
Here at Pievalta, the harvest is done exclusively by hand.
The grapes are picked by hand and then placed in small crates. The size of the crates allows only for a maximum weight of 18 kg.
There are 16 workers in the vineyards who do the picking. They prepare the crates, which are then loaded on to a cart that we bring to the press.
Tomorrow we also plan to begin picking the grapes in our young vineyard in San Paolo di Iesi, also planted in 2009.
You can feel the excitement of harvest in the air!