August 11th, the Piedmont harvest started...


After a very warm Summer with lots of sunshine and little precipitation, the Piedmont harvest started early. Contratto as the first winery has begun to pick Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for the sparkling wine production.

Giorgio Rivetti about this year's harvest: " I am very excited about this year, as the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay we have picked so far and crushed looked and smelled marvelous. It is a good sign and gives indication that we can expect the same from Moscato and Barbera, that we will pick also very soon.

I just returned from a day trip to Casanova in Tuscany and all here the 2015 vintage looks very promising. Harvest time is always the most stressful time of the year for me, but when the grapes look this beautiful, the stress seems a bit less stressful".