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Verdicchio harvest may begin next week (richly aromatic vintage expected)

Verdicchio harvest may begin next week (richly aromatic vintage expected) | Wines and People |

Friday morning, we did a second round of sampling and analysis to decide when to start harvesting the grapes for the base wine for our sparkling wine.

We’ll probably begin picking next week but we still haven’t decided.

Sunday it rained, temperatures have dropped off a little, and the nights have become cooler.

In other words, we are seeing ideal temperature variation for the ripening of the grapes.

All of these conditions lead us to believe that we will have a vintage with rich aromatic character and finesse.

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

The harvesting of wine grapes is one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels with winemakers basing their decision to pick based on the style of wine they wish to produce. The weather can also shape the timetable of harvesting with the threat of heat, rain, hail, and frost which can damage the grapes and bring about various vine diseases. In addition to determining the time of the harvest, winemakers and vineyard owners must also determine whether to utilize hand pickers or mechanical harvesters. The harvest season typically falls between August & October in the Northern Hemisphere and February & April in the Southern Hemisphere.


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The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
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