The beginning of March brings with it the first hints of spring; a warm day here and there, the ground emerging from under a layer of snow on the south-facing hillsides, early-budding trees showing the first shimmer of green.

But there are still drifts of snow melting on the hillsides and in the town piazzas, puddles on the ground regularly freeze overnight. Snow flurries, fog and drizzly, cold rain come with depressing monotony.

It is mud season. The vineyards themselves are unworkable today - the recent wet weather means that we simply slip and slide around when working in the vines. The clay soils of the region stick to everything - cleaning the tractors takes just as long as the time we use them in the vineyard. So it's a good time to work on projects here at the cantina, and this is also the time of year when much of the bottling gets done. We are looking forward to better weather and the warm, limpid days of spring, when we can get out and do a full day's work in the vines without coming back covered in layers of mud.

By early April, we expect the vines to be budding; from this point the season is "on!" We are excited to get started! --- As always, we thank you for your continued interest in our wines, and we hope to continue to fulfill your expectations of quality and excellence in the bottle.

With warmest regards,

Luciano Sandrone
Barbara Sandrone
Luca Sandrone



Bron: newsletter Azienda Luciano Sandrone 4 March 2013