This time of year is one of the busiest for our producers. Granted, most of them would argue they’re always busy, barely taking a day off throughout the year to constantly keep a close eye on the vines and doing everything in their power to ensure a bumper crop the following autumn.
But harvest time is special. It is crunch time, what everyone has worked towards for the whole year and many will call the harvest a celebration. As Antonella Porto of La Fortezza, our Falanghina and Aglianico producer says; “At our vineyard, even today, the harvest is considered a party, a real moment of joy.”
The harvest is hard work, with extended teams of ad-hoc workers joining the producers and their families, picking for around seven hours a day over a period of two to three weeks, depending on the size of the vineyard. Harvest time varies for the When in Rome producers, with Cantina Sociale Sant’Antonio, our Sicilian based producers of our Nero d’Avola and Grillo, having already finished their harvest weeks before the producers of the north have even dared think about picking their first grape.
Good news! Early feedback from our producers is that 2018 has been a good year and this year’s crop is looking very promising. We’ll be able to taste for ourselves quite soon, but if our producers are excited before they’ve even made the wine, we think that’s a very good reason to be excited about tasting it!