In the Ornellaia winery in the Bolgheri appellation of Tuscany, the harvest of the year began about a week ago, on August 13, with the first harvest of white grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Viogner Viognier, while the red varieties (Merlot Merlot, Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot), the harvest dates fell between the last day of August and the first week of September.
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Manager Axel Heinz said: The mantra for the first harvest after Covid-19 is to rejuvenate with confidence and our commitment is to work as usual, interpreting the vintage in the best possible way and retaining the Ornellaia style and character as always.
The company says that harvest conditions for 2020 are very good, but like every year, the climatic conditions in September will determine the final quality of the year. There is no doubt that 2020 will be a year to remember, but at least in the vineyards of the Bulgari region, the growing season maintained a balanced and regular posture, ready for a good harvest.
In fact, apart from some particularly cold nights in March, spring was almost perfect: bright sunshine, timely and appropriate rainfall, which ensured an even growth of the vines and an early flowering period that lasted only a week. The fruit set was very good, ensuring the basis for excellent yields, which are now well proven.
The summer was wetter than normal in June, forcing the Ornellaia team to work intensely in the vineyards to control and protect the vegetation from growing to its full potential. On the other hand, it was the almost non-existent rainfall in July that slowed down the growth of the vines, just in time for the last ten days of the moon"s color change.
As the months slowly passed, the organization in the vineyard and the cellar adapted to the anti-epidemic Covid-19 safety protocol. Since April, we have reorganized the cellar, where about 20 people work, and the precautionary measures for safe working distances have been followed in the vineyard, says Axel Heinz, winery manager.
We have changed the way we work, we have not changed our operations, and most importantly, we have not abandoned our quality standards. It was a challenge.