Ornellaia: beginning of the harvest
After already two weeks of white wine harvest, this 31 August, harvest of the red grapes has started in Ornellaia.
A rainy spring that has required solid nerves to keep up with explosive vine growth and high risk of disease, but rewarded us with excellent fruit set and even development of the grapes. Summer has not been short of sunny weather and high temperatures, with just enough rain to prevent from any drought. Ripening has been even without any rush, allowing us to kick off at a normal date for Ornellaia. Next week is expected to bring cooler temperatures to hopefully create ideal conditions for a harvest that should last for all of September and should finish the first days of October for the latest ripening varieties.
Axel Heinz – Estate Director and winemaker Ornellaia