first bunches italy 2012

Diary of a vine: the first bunches

June 3, 2012 I’ve heard people say that flowering in Salento is done. Here in the vineyard, we’re all relaxed and taking it easy. Right now, our attention is focused on the growth of our berries, which develop quickly during this phase as they grow from the size of a peppercorn to that of a […]

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Origins of the name Salice Salentino

The appellation name Salice Salentino takes its name from the village of Salice Salentino, which lies at the center of the growing zone for this noble wine. The place name Salice Salentino (pronounced SAH-lee-cheh SAH-lehn-TEE-noh) stretches back to the early 1300s and beyond. The earliest documented mention dates back to 1310: clerici salicis, meaning priests […]

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Diary of a vine: notes from May (part 2)

May 12, 2012 There’s panic in the vineyard today! Vineyard managers Cataldo and Carmine are concerned about weather conditions: it seems that heavy rain is forecast for next Monday. Many grape growers here have decided to water the vines in order to prevent peronospora (a fungal disease that can harm me). But Cataldo and Carmine […]

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Diary of a vine: notes from May

May 1, 2012 During the last days of April, I was repeatedly covered by water. It rained a lot. I was worried because I feared that the climatic conditions could lead to the development of certain fungal diseases like peronospora and oidium. Peronospora infections in this period of the season must be avoided because they […]

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Torre dell’Orso: a favorite beach

Beach weather has returned to Puglia and although you’ll already find a lot of beach-goers at the sea, the crowds of late summer are still a few months away. One of Paolo Cantele’s favorite spots is Torre dell’Orso, where he and I went swimming last year, the first week of June. Here’s a link to […]

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