The Winter Vineyard

421586_10150760105879988_541049987_12488245_595662918_n_640x298.jpg Snow and vineyards. Stark and simple. Craftily crafting future fruits. At the end of January, a thick blanket of snow fell on all our vineyards, from Le Capezzine to Cortona, as the photos here reveal. And while the snow may have complicated the... Read more

Making Room for New Machinery

DSCN2656_640x298.jpg “Something old, something new…” So begins the customary good luck poem recited before many a wedding. A good marriage brings lots of new experiences, from a new home to new habits, but it also fortifies old values worth keeping. Extended families... Read more

Harvest Report 2011

Vendemmia_1_640x298.jpg It is no secret that the summer of 2011 was one of the hottest and driest in many years, and Tuscan winemakers had a tough time dealing with the risk of over-maturation and the drying of the grapes on the vine. But at Avignonesi, we can... Read more

The Opening of the Caratelli

Vinsanto_2.jpg On May 30, 2011, a select group of people gathered around the caratelli (50 liter wood barrels) in the Vinsantaia (Vin Santo cellar) at Fattoria Le Capezzine vineyard. It was time for an annual ritual that has been in place ever since Avignonesi... Read more

Harvest Report 2010 at Avignonesi

FS4B0526.jpg 2010 was full of memorable developments and it began in earnest when Laura Lenzi took over vineyard management at Avignonesi in February. To the surprise of the experienced vineyard crew, some members of which have more than thirty years’... Read more