A harvest day

The harvest period is one of the most suggestive of the year: the vineyards are laden with green leaves and colourful pine cones, the air is full of a sugary smell and you can hear young people laughing whilst harvesting in between the vines.

The period can change depending on the type of wine you wish to obtain but in the Magliano in Toscana area, the harvest usually takes place between August and October. The harvest can start when grapes are ripe and reached the right balance between sugar and acidity which is optimal for the wine you wish to obtain.

Morellino di Scansano has been a GDO wine since 2006, but had already obtained the controlled denomination of origin in 1978. It is produced in the Grosseto Province and in Magliano in Toscana, of course! We went to enjoy this wonderful harvesting experience as guests at the Fattoria Mantellassi. With a long history in winegrowing, in 1960 they started implanting four hectars of vineyard in Banditaccia, which have now become sixty, thus contributing to the Denomination of Controlled Origin of the Morellino di Scansano in 1978.

The harvest is done manually, each bunch is cut and put in a basket.

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

Then a tractor picks up the content of all the baskets and here is the tractor in action!

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia - Grape Harvest - Morellino di Scansano

Vendemmia – Grape Harvest – Morellino di Scansano

 

The boys also gift us with these beautiful smiles while they are working

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

Vendemmia – Morellino di Scansano – Grape Harvest

Once the harvest is finished, the grapes move to the farm to be processed. Here you start getting a glimpse into the future of Morellino!

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

Vendemmia – Morellino di Scansano – Grape Harvest

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

Vendemmia – Morellino di Scansano – Grape Harvest

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

Vendemmia – Morellino di Scansano – Grape Harvest

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

The juice is then put into large steel barrels and left to rest; how long fo will depend on the kind of wine that you wish to obtain. After staying in the barrel, it is bottled using some specific machinery.

At the end of the day, they took us to the top of the hill where they grow Morellino “Le Sentinelle” reserve; a hill with a stunning view where we could enjoy this sunset. And after sunset, we had a toast…with Morellino di Scansano of course!

Vendemmia - Morellino di Scansano - Grape Harvest

Vendemmia – Morellino di Scansano – Grape Harvest