February comes… a month of apparent calm in which we carry out small but fundamental activities to take care of our vineyards in the best possible way. Attention to detail is the secret to a quality wine: every little one contributes to the final result. For this reason we are very attentive to the needs of our vines, trying to adapt the post-harvest activities to the needs of the vineyards.
In this period we carefully monitor all our lands, removing the many medium and large stones brought back to the surface by the soil processing carried out in the post-harvest period. This particular structural feature of the soil of San Polo has numerous benefits: it constitutes the load-bearing skeletal scaffolding, it provides minerality and contributes to an optimal drainage of the water in our soils. Sangiovese, in fact, does not particularly like too much water availability: for this reason it is essential to adapt the subsoil to its nutritional needs.
Any excessive size of some stones that are brought back to the surface, however, can constitute a danger in the vineyard, causing accidents and limiting their draining potentials. To overcome this problem, these days one of the activities that our vineyard team are carrying out is precisely this: crushing the largest stones into smaller portions, which will be better redistributed in the vineyard, balancing the structural composition of the soil.