On the above photo, taken yesterday, Barone Pizzini agronomist Pierluigi Donna notes:
These Chardonnay berries have reached their nearly definitive size.
Soon, over the course of a few weeks, véraison (the onset of ripening) will begin: they will begin to change color, from green to bright yellow, and they will begin to become softer.
These robust, beautiful bunches are the fruit of a healthy water table, the result of abundant springtime rain and the fair weather at this time of year. These are the ideal conditions for Franciacorta base wines.