A note, just in, from Barone Pizzini manager Marta Piovani:
Ripening has now begun in the vineyards.
What does this mean?
Ripening indicates a series of metabolic processes that cause a gradual accumulation of sugars in each berry. At the same time, these processes reduce the organic acids in the berries. It’s also a period when a synthesis of important substances in the grapes occurs. This will determine the final quality of the fruit.
Quality will be ensured by optimizing ripening. In other words, we will determine the date of harvest in accordance with different parameters, including the ratio of sugars and acids in the juice contained in the grape.
The photo above was taken today, August 9, 2013. The skin of the berry has become elastic, thus allowing the berry to expand.