After an extremely hot and dry summer, during the first harvest days, like manna from heaven, the rain finally arrived. Rains relieved the hydro-stress of the grapes. The grape’s skins were still hard, but thanks to the current thermal excursion, they are ripening well and getting softer. We have harvested so far Merlot, the white […]
We could not be prouder of our CHIANTI RASPBERRIES. Vignamaggios’ organic fruit orchard project began in 2015 on uncultivated, sunny land on the Montagliari plains. Other than pomegranates, plums, figs, apricots, apples and pears, in the cooler Mulino del Piano section, we have planted berries, such as raspberries and blackberries as well as black, white […]
Hiking enthusiasts will have already noticed 11 piglets lazing about and scampering around the forest and pastures on the right of the dirt road to the river, between the planes of Montagliari. Today we chatted about them to our farm manager, Tobia. PIGS ARE A NEW CONCEPT AT VIGNAMAGGIO. TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECT The introduction […]
By observing what occurs spontaneously in nature, Japanese agronomist Masanobu Fukuoka, a century ago, developed an agricultural philosophy based on four principles he applied to a ‘natural farming’ approach that works in complete harmony with nature, without polluting it. No ploughing or tilling, because root penetration and the work of tiny organisms like insects, earthworms […]
The organic barley of Vignamaggio was sowed last October and harvested two weeks ago. The combine-harvester in the picture was used the last time in the early ’80s, before vineyards took over the Chianti landscape, to the detriment of the small scale cereal plantations; these plantations played an essential role for the daily […]
This autumn saw the beginnings of an ambitious new project: on sunny uncultivated land on the edges of the vineyards between Vignamaggio and Vitigliano, Vignamaggio’s organic fruit orchard is slowly taking shape. The idea for an orchard originated as an aspiration to diversify cultivation and to move away from the “vineyard/olive grove” duo that has […]
It all begins in the olive groves. An area of 30 hectares with 5000 trees, comprising of traditional Chianti cultivars: Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino. The olives are handpicked at harvest time, which usually begins at the end of October. Olive picking is no easy task, especially after the rain when the ground is muddy. […]
This year is a special one for Vignamaggio: Our vineyard area has increased by 40% compared with last year, the quantity of hand sorted grapes will double and we will be celebrating with you, our first grape harvest after our conversion to biological farming. Share!