May 2017:

April seemed to be the beginning of a lovely spring, but during the first weeks of May the temperatures in Italy dropped down and this had a bad impact on most agricultural regions. Chianti, where the famous Italian red wine, Chianti Classico, is produced, was definitely one of those regions. We asked Paolo Cianferoni, the owner and winemaker of the Caparsa winery, how he faced this sudden cold. What impact did that have on the production this year?

“Cold and frost are always very hard to face, the first very cold day I lit small points of fire all over my vineyards, burning wood and strow to make the air dry and warmer. The second day I was exausted and runned out of wood. Unfortunately frost hit the lower side of my vineyards. The estimated loss is about 20% of the entire production.“

“Let’s look at the bright side: the quality could be super, because the plants have survived the natural selection.“

Paolo explains well this concept in this video

 September 2017:

Harvest time is already here and we talked to Paolo Cianferoni again: What are the results of the extreme weather we had this year?

“Here at Caparsa harvest has begun three weeks earlier than usual; this summer we experienced total absence of rain. The estimate production loss is about 40/45%.

Despite climate difficulties and production loss, the situation for Caparsa is more than positive. The quality of Sangiovese seems promising: from 13,5 to 14,00 Alcohol content with a great acidity that will ensure High Quality.

Caparsa estate is situated in the North East side of Chianti Region, this means we are usually less exposed to extreme weather.

“I want to add something: Not just cold and hot causes problems but also too much rain, strong winds, hail, deers, wild boars, downy mildew, powdery mildew and bureaucracy are things we have to face and deal with every day. We have to do our best to reduce their damages.
Its like a mirror of life, on which we cannot rely forever or we will risk to see death in it. Being a wine maker, a real wine maker, is never easy and those who think it is, because we live in nature and work in beautiful places, should be more realistic.”

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Being a wine maker, a real wine maker, is never easy and those who think it is, because we live in nature and work in beautiful places, should be more realistic.