The rain that does not fall and the soil that grows drier every day. With cracks and wrinkles spreading and not boding well. During the summer, the thoughts of many winegrowers were inexorably heading in one direction: a negative harvest forecast in terms of both quality and quantity. But this was not the case because nature, which inflicts damage, often leaving man with bated breath, also proves capable of repairing it against all odds.
The balance of the 2022 Pieve di Campoli grape harvest was positive, confirming the equally good seasons of 2020 and 2021. The rains that arrived in August accelerated the ripening of the grapes and partly avoided the drop in production that had been expected due to the persistent drought. According to Andrea Paoletti’s opinion, the winery's oenologist and technical director, the quality level of the harvested grapes is very good and to varying degrees characterises all of the winery's main grape varieties: from Sangiovese to Canaiolo to Pugnitello. "The vine has shown a great capacity to adapt, especially the mature vine has shown that it can adapt to any situation, and this is confirmation that nature can do incredible things. Finally,” he adds, “we passed the racking phase and are already able to recognise the identity and value of the wine. We are certain to have a rich vintage, the wines are fragrant and have the maximum aromas."
Along the 50 hectares of vineyards located in the municipalities of San Casciano in Val di Pesa and San Donato in Poggio Barberino, the grape harvest was concentrated throughout the month of September and involved not only the company's workers and employees but also several foreign labourers from San Francesco cooperative, for a total of 25 people. "It wasan intense, tiring but rewarding period," says Zaccheo, a young worker from Pieve di Campoli who has been with the company for several years and is now responsible for managing the ground teams. "If done with the right diligence and a broad vision, work in agriculture is rewarding. Work after work offers the opportunity to see one's work grow. The grape harvest,” he concludes, “represents one of the most beautiful phases, the culminating moment in which one reaps the fruits of an annual activity that requires care, attention, energy and passion”.