Hand picking the grapes

Grape harvest

Hand picking the grapes means that pickers go through the vineyard and pick the grapes bunch by bunch. They can choose the ripe grapes, or rather, they can avoid picking rotten or bad grapes.

Hand picking of the grapes

The grape harvest in Tuscany usually occurs between September and October. The right period for harvesting is determined by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels. Also the weather is important by planning the time of the harvest.

Some winemakers determine whether to use hand-picker workers or mechanical harvest machinery. Some benefits of hand picking the grapes are:

  • Grapes are handled gently
  • The hand picked grapes are carefully laid out so that they arrive at the press intact
  • Hand picking means you care and care is what matters…
Sangiovese grapes

Winemaking process red wine

Wine making is a natural process that requires human intervention, but each winery guides the process though different techniques. In basic, there are five components of the wine making process:

Harvesting, Crushing and Pressing, Fermentation, Clarification, Aging and Bottling

After the grapes are sorted they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed. Mechanical presses the grapes into must. Must is a freshly juice that contains the skins, seeds and solids.

Crushing the grapes

After crushing and pressing the fermentation begins. The fermentation continues until the sugar is converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide CO2.

The crusher – destemmer

Grape skins and solids float to the top and need to be pushed back. The red wine juice is pomped from the bottom and splashed over the top of the grape cap.

When the fermentation has finished it is the time to clarify the wine. Filtration occurs by a filter. The clarified wine is ready for further aging in stainless steel, oak barrels or in bottels.

Poggio alla Sala

A group of workers at the vineyards of Poggio alla Sala picked the grapes with secateurs and put them in a basket. Then the grapes are put in a container and finally transported to the winery to be processed.

Hand picking
Hand pickers
Grape harvest Poggio alla Sala

The most planted grape at Poggio alla Sala is the Sangiovese grape. Poggio alla Sala is exposured in the southern part of Montepulciano. Some Etruscan objects are found here.

Sangiovese grapes

If you want gorgeous views as well as a good glass of wine than head to Poggio alla Sala. From here you see the Monte Amiata which influences the local climate of the lands and the vineyards.

Monte Amiata

Wijnoogst Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG

Wijnoogst Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG

De wijnoogst van de sangiovese-druiven “prugnolo gentile” voor de Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. De wijngaarden liggen er prachtig bij. De druiven zijn zoet en klaar om geoogst te worden.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano jaargang 2018 wordt een mooi wijnjaar!


Een lunch bij Cantina Gattavecchi in Montepulciano

Afgelopen vrijdag hadden wij gasten uit Amsterdam op bezoek. Zij waren speciaal naar Montepulciano gekomen om de locale wijnen, en de traditionele Toscaanse keuken te proeven. Dion en Wendy zijn liefhebbers van goede wijnen. En dus ook van Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Na een bezoek aan de wijngaarden van Poggio alla Sala zijn we richting Montepulciano gereden voor de traditionele lunch in osteria Cantina Gattavecchi.

Luca Gattavecchi was onze gastheer. Hij bezorgde ons een onvergetelijke lunch met heerlijke wijnen en typische gerechten uit de streek.


Diverse crostini met kippenlever-paté, champignons en tomaten
Ribollita (typisch Toscaans gerecht met groenten)

Primo piatto:

Homemade pasta “i pici” met eenden-ragù, tomaten,- en everzwijnsaus.

Secondo piatto:

Biefstuk uitgeserveerd met olijfolie, verse pepers en rozemarijn


Vin Santo met huisgemaakte cantucci


Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Gattavecchi 2015, Parceto Poggio alla Sala 2013, en Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2008 Gattavecchi

Voor een Wine and Food experience in cantina Gattavecchi kun je reserveren via deze link.