Yesterday afternoon the sky became dark and it started to rain. The wind started to blow and brought away the rain, only 11 millimeters fell. The wind blew all night long and this was very useful: considered the sudden drop of temperatures, this morning it was around 3°C, it avoided frost and all the frost-related damages.This perturbation should last until Friday and we hope that the lows will not give a nasty surprise as it happened in 1997.
The photos below provide evidence of the cuts of vines affected by Mal dell’Esca (Esca disease). In the first photo, the cut was made in September 2016 and the vine has already a new bud and, as you can see from the second photo, after a year we have a “new” vine that will produce fruits. If one would read the text books on viticulture, they would say that these cuts we are making are wrong, but our 20 years long expertise tells something different: doing so we obtain the results we expect that is obtaining, from an ill vine that is not producing, a new and healthy vine that will produce good fruits for a certain amount of years.