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12 April 2021

The vine and the spring frost

In these days, there is a lot of concern in the world of wine about damage from spring frost. Imagine the anger and despair of those […]
12 March 2021

The great wine boom in Bolgheri: the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

“I have been in Maremma for a long time. There is not even a wolf anymore. Where those poor animals came in droves in the evening, […]
23 January 2021

From the vineyard to the bottle: the magic of the scent of wine.

The main part of the wine charm is represented by its aromas. I’ll tell you how they are born and how it is possible a so […]
28 December 2020

Agroecology in the vineyard, our present and future

The visitors to our vineyards and territory are particularly struck of finding an uncontaminated environment. They are impressed by our grassy vineyards, made by little particles […]
12 December 2020

The harsh and wild Maremma of Bolgheri and Castagneto

Nowadays, our territory is a Mediterranean garden of great beauty, where prestigious wines are produced. In ancient times, come I told here and here, it was […]
26 September 2020

The vinification of the Roman era, the origin (2): the oenological practices

Continued from here Let’s enter into the detail of the wine production of the Roman era.   The oenological practices In the first place, among the […]
10 September 2020

The vinification of the Roman era, the origin (1): let’s enter the cellar

I told you about the taste of Roman wine (see here). Then we walked for a long time in the vineyards of the time (see here, […]
6 August 2020

Grapes do not like sunbathing

In August we love the sea, the sun, and the tan. We can protect ourselves with a good sunscreen but grapes can’t, so they don’t like […]
22 July 2020

Climate change, laws and harvest: the last steps in the Italian vineyards during the Roman times.

(continued from here) We are concluding our journey through Italian viticulture at Roman times, with the latest works from the vineyard and the harvest. First, however, […]
1 July 2020

Fertility and disease: reason vs superstition in the vineyards of ancient Rome … and today

…. continued from here As we have already seen in the previous posts, the Roman agricultural authors (see here), in particular Columella, generally tell of a […]
25 June 2020

The vineyards of ancient Rome, between the owner’s “otium” and the work of the winemaker

(continue from here) According to Columella, those who want to start an agricultural business must not miss three things: knowledge, the will to do and money. […]
23 June 2020

The wonderful Palaemon’s vineyard and other vintners’ stories at the ancient Rome times

In ancient Rome times, the production of wine was considered an interesting business. Cato puts viticulture in first place in agriculture, as the most profitable activity […]
18 June 2020

What are we doing now in the vineyard: the topping

After the fruit set, this is the moment of the topping, that is, the cutting of the final parts of the growing shoots, the apex and […]
23 May 2020

Spring in the vineyard: the works of this period

In this season the growth of the vine is very fast. There are so many jobs to do! We are now finishing the green pruning works, […]
22 March 2020

Viticulture in Rome and the rediscovery of the Genius Loci

The Romans were great winegrowers. At the time of their agricultural acme, they had reached good empirical knowledge of the vineyard practices (with the due limits). […]