I colori di Nebbiolo nel nord d’Italia, autunno 2013

The colors of Nebbiolo in the north of Italy, autumn 2013

It was a dreary October in northern Italy this year. But I still managed to find the beautiful colors of Nebbiolo out in the vineyards…

Harvest was about two weeks later than it’s been for the past ten years. That was because of a cool and rainy spring and a mild summer. There were no drastic heat spells or hail storms and so things just progressed until picking began. For Nebbiolo in the Langhe (Barolo & Barbaresco), picking commenced around the middle of October. In Valtellina, it started about a week later and as I’m writing this, I believe it still not all picked. The harvest of Nebbiolo in the Langhe finished about one week ago.

I spent the entire month of October in the Barolo and Barbaresco area, except for a one week respite, from October 13 to the 19th, traveling through the Valtellina area, as well as Alto Adige and Friuli. Much to my chagrin, that is when the bulk of the Nebbiolo for Barolo was picked. It was the only sunny week we had so the wine makers got out there and took advantage. I missed it. But I had a sunny week of travels…

Below are a collection of photos—kind of random—from the past month in both Barolo and Valtellina. They are meant to give you a view of how it looked around these important Nebbiolo producing areas just before, during, and after harvest. They are also a preview of some big stories to come here at “enotecaMarcella” in the coming months. The photos are in chronological order.

Enjoy!

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A run up the hill in Bricco dell Viole.
Trail marker in La Morra. Early October.
Nel bosco. “In the woods.”
Harvest in Bricco delle Viole. OCt 4.
Harvest in Bricco delle Viole. OCt 4.
Nebbiolo in Bricco delle Viole. Oct 4.
Early Oct evening looking out over Barolo vineyards.
mud anyone? in Bricco delle Viole first week of October
Mud anyone? In Bricco delle Viole first week of October.
...okay well most likely Dolcetto or Barbera. (Bricco delle Viole)
…okay well most likely Dolcetto or Barbera (Bricco delle Viole)
panorama of La Morra vineyards, Oct 10
Panorama of La Morra vineyards. Oct 10.
(the sun was out for a few hours)
Fossati cru in La Morra. Oct 12.
Fossati cru in La Morra.
Oct 12.
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Nebbiolo in the Arborina vineyard, Annunziata. Oct 12.
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Valtellina Nebbiolo. October 14.
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Valtellina Nebbiolo and ???. Oct 14.
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The tendrils of Nebbiolo.
Looking south from Inferno, Valtellina. Oct 15.
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Ronco del Pichio, the vineyard Fay uses for their sforsato.
Oct 15.
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Sunset over Ca Morei vineyard of Fay. Oct 15.
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Steps in the Fay vineyard. Oct 15.
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Carteria vineyard of Fay. Nebbiolo vines, but also Merlot on the right. Oct 15.
Barolo Nebbiolo, just a couple days before harvest. Oct 19.
Barolo Nebbiolo, just a couple days before harvest.
Oct 19.
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Nebbiolo leaves are changing colors in
Fossati vineyard, La Morra. Oct 20.
Pumpover of Nebbiolo from Monforte at Domenico Clerico. Oct 21.
Pumpover of Nebbiolo from Monforte at Domenico Clerico.
Oct 21.
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Looking out over the vineyards of Serralunga.
Oct 25.
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Nebbiolo leaves in Barolo, turning new colors.
Nebbiolo leaves in Barolo  turning new colors. Oct 29.
More Nebbiolo leaves in Barolo turning new colors.
Barolo vineyards of Santa Maria. Oct 31.
Barolo vineyards of Santa Maria. Oct 31.
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Muddy hike through La Morra. Oct 31.
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Vines in the Boiolo Cru with La Morra in the background. Oct 31

5 thoughts on “I colori di Nebbiolo nel nord d’Italia, autunno 2013

    1. One of the coolest things about this year was that since harvest was about two weeks late, the leaves on the vines were turning even while the grapes were still hanging on the vines. That was a spectacular sight to see!

  1. The picture of the very red and purple leaves is most likely not Dolcetto. I never see that color on mine, but it would be typical of Barbera, as mine looks similar at this time.

    Love the photos, great work!

      1. Most likely fan leaf virus. Would be interesting to see if it difficult to get them ripe. No green leaves=no photosynthesis= no sugar.

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