Bolgheri: the harvest begins at Ornellaia

Wine lovers can expect a characterful and stylish vintage.

Just one game that’s played once a year, the strength of a team that loves their land and deeply cares about every single detail to achieve the epitome of elegance… these are the requirements to begin the “2021 Harvest”.

Midsummer has passed, the holidays are over and nature is already calling growers back to the vines. In 2021, the growth of the vineyards was delayed by a rather cool spring, which slowed the budbreak before a summer that proved hot and very dry.

The lack of rainfall right up to the harvest is reminiscent of classic Bolgheri vintages such as 2016 and 2015, which both involved long, dry spells of drought. The unique, local soil composition, profound with high percentages of limestone and clay, enables the roots of the vines to delve into the deepest layers in search of water, with the aim of withstanding extended periods of drought.

“The sunny and dry spell helped the white grapes to ripen in the earlier vineyards,” comments Estate Director, Axel Heinz. “Over the next few days, much-welcome lower temperatures are expected, which will create the perfect conditions to conclude the ripening and to harvest the Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, which is likely to take place during the week of 23 August.”

In the meantime, the 2021 harvest began at Ornellaia on 18 August with the harvest of the first few bunches of the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc. A little more patience is required for the red grapes: another two weeks are needed before the harvest can commence.

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