The grape harvest is a very demanding task at the Mezzacorona vineyard – hard work, precise attention to detail, patience, and the occasional glass of wine are all required!
In the weeks before the harvest, our agronomists and winemakers evaluate every single field to understand the level of ripeness of the grapes, taking into account sugar content, acidity, ph and many other factors.
A few days before the harvest, the grapes are evaluated a second time to verify that they are ripe enough to be harvested. It is also important to sample and taste the grapes to assess the phenolic maturation.
In our beautiful region, surrounded by the Italian Alps, grapes are harvested completely by hand since the use of mechanical grape harvesters is not possible on the steep hills.
This allows us to very carefully handle the grapes in the vineyards. Only the best and most ripened bunches are collected, guaranteeing only the finest grapes to be used in our cellars.
This year’s harvest began on August 21st. During the first weeks we gathered Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay grapes starting in the flat areas of the vineyard and finished with the cliff-hanging vines. In mid-September we will continue with red varietals such as Merlot and Teroldego for ending with Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Join us in raising a glass of Mezzacorona wine for a successful harvest in 2014!