Harvest in San Miniato, Tuscany at Cosimo Maria Masini began on August 21st with the Sauvignon Blanc for Annick and then the Trebbianno for their Vinsanto, Fedardo, on the 26th. Harvest work is completed by a combination of professionals and WWOOFER’s (volunteers looking for experience on organic farms) and seems to combine rigor and precision with a gentle human approach. All work is done by hand.
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Cosimo Maria Masini Vintage Report 2015 9.11.2015
Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca were harvested today in perfect shape for the skin fermented white wine, Daphne.
Cosimo Maria Masini Vintage Report 2015 9.7.2015
Harvest of the Sangiovese began today, 9.7.2015. As shown below, everything is harvested by hand into small containers and transported directly to the winery a few steps away.
Cosimo Maria Masini Vintage Report 2015 9.1.2015
Cosimo Maria Masini Vintage Report 2015 8.26.2015
Somewhat counterintuitively, grapes for Fedardo, the Vinsanto, are harvested very early in the season. Sweet wines like Sauternes and Ice Wines are left to concentrate on the vine. For Vinsanto, the grapes are picked early to preserve acidity and then hung in the attic of the winery where they will dry out for four months.
The bar in the center of this picture (to the left of the open window) has metal hooks hanging from it. At the bottom you can see the hooks laden with bunches of grapes, one per rung. In a conversation with Fedardo at the winery, he insisted that this is the only way to make “real” vinsanto, and is the way they have done it for decades. Other estates may leave the wines on mats but Fedardo insisted that the grapes need air circulating around them to dry properly.
After being pressed in December, the grapes will be put into the small barrels you see here and sealed for seven years before bottling! Our current vintage of Fedardo is 2007!
You might notice some bunches of red grapes on the chains here. The vineyard is interplanted as happened quite often in Tuscany one hundred years ago and so up to 10% of the grapes in Fedardo are red, being a blend of Sanforte, Sangiovese and possibly Cannaiolo.
Cosimo Maria Masini Vintage Report 2015 8.21.2015
First grapes harvested: Sauvignon Blanc destined for Annick.