The Festive Season is now over and inexorably we move our way towards summer. Already the days are sensibly lengthening kicking-off the rush to get all necessary jobs done in the vineyard and farm before the arrival of spring. We passed a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We worked very hard reducing our four hectares of vineyard to three. Four hectares is too much for the two of us to follow as well as the agriturismo so we removed one-hectare of the least productive vineyard. Like wine, a vineyard must be well-balanced. A vineyard must produce, systematically and reliably, grapes of good quality. So we left the vines on the hill terraces. Exposed to the sun, well-drained and bathed in soft winds the vine plants produce grapes of wonderful quality. We removed four thousand plants and one thousand poles from the lower-lying and more closed-parts of the vineyard. The job was boring - using a piston on the tractor we pulled out the plants and poles one-by-one. But the days were sunny giving warmth so it was reasonably pleasant labour. Maybe it was more pleasant for me as I was on the tractor whereas it was hard-yakka for Luca who had to attach a strap to the plants and poles and manoeuvre them once the tractor had pulled them out of the ground!
We worked from day-break to sunset wanting to finish by the first week of the new year. The evenings were great. After a good day’s work we enjoyed a succession of fine meals and good wines with various friends who we don’t get to see so much in the summer.
We Wish You the Very Best for 2009. Perhaps wishing for prosperity might be a bit too much but happiness and good health should be more than enough. Auguri!