Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Yoga for Wine Lovers

Yoga for wine livers.. sorry... lovers. Beautiful video!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


On this day of political turmoil our Tollo village witnessed a quiet white wonder.

Tollo vineyard:

Those who didn't make it to the bottle:

The snow came as a bit of a surprise for the lemon tree:

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The first tasting of Pinot Grigio 2010

This year's Pinot Grigio is a special one for many reasons.
It was a very good year for the white grapes. Some people say the best in the past ten years.
It's our second harvest. So, enologically speaking, we did many things better than the first time.
And last but not least, we had three special guests from Estonia who participated in the harvesting and winemaking. So you should be able to feel a kind of Estonian touch in the wines.

Below photos from the first Pinot Grigio tasting in Tallinn, where our guests where able to taste the product they made:

Experimental grapes cultivated in Estonia:

Rein evaluates the color:

.. and the aroma:
Diana from Rotermanni Veinituba:
Ilo from Rotermanni Veinituba:

Ene has just recognized in the glass the grapes she picked:
Recounting the times in Italy:

Apparently the wine is rather drinkable:

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

And now for something completely different...

At the tasting last Friday I promised to our Estonian friends to share a photo of mould on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes. Here it is:
For comparison a bunch without mould:

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Filtered vs unfiltered

Today we filtered Pinot Grigio 2010. I quite like the difference between before and after:

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Pecorino harvesting

This is how Pecorino grapes look like. The bunch is distinctly compact and grapes very small. Compared to most wine grapes the skin is remarkably soft, almost like table grape. Sheep (pecora in Italian) go crazy after these:

For Pecorino we use a traditional Abruzzi cultivation system called tendone where the vines extend over the space between the rows and form a kind of roof. Inevitably grapes have to be hand-picked using a special bucket. After a day's hand-picking the sensation is the same as having painted the ceiling:

I like these before-and-after moments:

Antonio. He had a bad hair day and was rather reluctant about being photographed:

Just a random shot of September sun shining through grape leaves:

Another random poetic shot of a a vine branch:

On the left our Pecorino grapes, on the right our neighbours' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that will be harvested later in October: