We prune our vines at the end of winter then, in the period between mid-March and early April, we proceed to the binding of the branches, a moment in which we see a curious phenomenon, known as “The weeping of the vine” .
These are small drops of lymph, that is, the water that sucked from the roots to the ground to heal the cuts with the sap. This is the signal that the life cycle has broken down , and the plant’s metabolism is set in motion again, ushering in the great work that the vine will do in the following months.
Hard work, sore back, dirty knees, heavy baskets, hands blackened by grapes … But then why is the Harvest considered a party? First of all it is the crowning of a whole year of work, so to arrive at gathering the fruit of all this is a source of joy and satisfaction. Secondly, with every harvest between the rows it creates a cheerful atmosphere and amused, you end up singing and chatting about everything a little … accomplices also the alcoholic breaks that are inevitably required to great voice.
We always collect Malvasia Moscata in boxes of about 20 kg each pair of harvesters carries along the row. The cassettes allow the grapes to remain more intact until it is put in the press-deraspatrice.
For Barbera, on the other hand, we do not always use cassettes given the greater quantity of grapes to be harvested, alternatively we pour the baskets of grapes in a bigon of about 10 qt that goes back and forth between the vineyard and the cellar.
To refresh ourselves from the labors we always give ourselves a nice lunch … which at the time of our grandfather consisted of bread, salami and grapes, while we made it decidedly richer!
These are the best days of the year. Harvesting, browsing, toring are not even jobs; hot no longer, cold not yet; there is some light cloud, we eat the rabbit with polenta and we go for mushrooms.
There are no words to praise the vine! He mixes with the “moods” of the soil the aromas that come from the sun to make grapes the great filling.