February 3 – bottling. We use steam to sterilize the bottling line and filters at 100° C. for at least 15 minutes. We do this in order to avoid the use of chemical sterilizers.
Across Italy, there is concern among grape growers and winemakers because of the unseasonal warm weather.
While there have been rain and some snow, temperatures have not fallen to their average levels for February.
And in some cases, the vines are already starting to show some signs of activity, like this tiny bud.
Bele Casel grape grower and winemaker Luca Ferraro took this photo earlier this week.
And as you can see, it’s just a tiny bud when compared with the size of his hand.
If cold weather doesn’t arrive soon, there could be issues with the vegetative cycle of the vines.
Luca posted this photo on the Bele Casel Facebook on Monday, when he took it.
As always, the Bele Casel social media are intended as a platform to share the true story — however challenging — of what goes into the Ferraro family’s wines.
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