Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 28, 2012

From bud burst to vendemmia at Podere Concori

In early spring this year I visited Podere Concori, the beautiful vineyard and winery of Gabriele da Prato. Gabriele has turned the family vineyard into a biodynamic success story. He began in 1999 and within 5 years was producing excellent wine.

The very first buds were beginning to appear when we were there in March.

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After walking around the vineyard with Gabriele, where he explained the biodynamic method to us, we tried his very successful Melograno Rosso, which is a blend of Syrah, ciliegiolo, Carrara and Pinot noir.

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The Italian wine bible, Gambero Rosso, described the Melograno Rosso as “A seductive wine with aromas of red fruits, medicinal herbs and green pepper, it has a lovely balsamic vein and the easy-drinking palate oozes finesse and flavour.” We found it delicious.

The white wine is a blend of Pinot blanc, chanin blanc and gewurtzraminer……also excellent.

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Gabriele’s delightful son was on hand to help.

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We went back last week for the first day of vendemmia, the picking and the processing of the grapes……lucky us.

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Refreshments were required.

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Everyone was there to help, including this very cute Dalmatian, Spinone cross.

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Short breaks were needed.

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The freshly picked grapes were taken to the winery where they were destemmed.

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The grapes were then tipped into vats to be stomped on.

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There were lots of helpers.

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The grapes begin to ferment quite quickly.

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And the grapes keep coming.

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The vineyard certainly looked different from my March visit.

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The highlight of the day was joining the family for dinner, where we ate produce from the farm as well as sampling the wines.

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We had a wonderful afternoon at Podere Concori……..thank you Gabriele and family……and also Heather Jarman from Sapori e Saperi, who made it possible.

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www.podereconcori.com
http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com


Responses

  1. That looks like so much fun and I love that you had wine ‘refreshments’ in between picking grapes 🙂 A beautiful looking property and wow, that food!

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    • Both days at the vineyard were great fun….and yes, the food was delicious.

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  2. A real treat, Debra – and how appropriate you were there for the first bud of of this year’s vintage too 🙂

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    • We were very lucky to be able to see the vineyard from the beginning of the season to harvest…..very special.

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      • So much more convivial than it was at home, when we picked – though we heard rumours about the wonderful food the pickers would get at the Italian farmer’s vineyards. 🙂

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  3. “In vino veritas”

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  4. Good people + good wine = a joyous occasion!

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  5. My FIL was a biodynamic farmer. From what I understand, it takes a lot of commitment but is worthwhile 🙂

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    • My sister’s vineyard, Curly Flat in Victoria is going that way too.

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    • Fantastic post. What a beautiful place. I’d love to have a stomp around in those grapes. Your dinner looks so delicious, and of course, I’d enjoy a glass of that wine. 🙂

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    • The wine is very good and Gabriele’s wife is an excellent cook.

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  6. What a great post, Debra! I loved seeing the process from spring growth to harvest. And the wine and food – yum!

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    • I meant to post the photos from March ages ago, but I didn’t get there. I think this is better.

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  7. How fantastic have loved this day esp as we are shortly going to be picking our own grapes, well whatever the peacocks have left for us anyway!! Beautiful.. c

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    • I hope you get a fine crop.

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      • It won’t be until I can design a trellis that peacocks cannot sit in. They have already eaten half the crop. The starlings have been left to starve! c

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      • Naughty peacocks!

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  8. No wonder they’re smiling….Beautiful, evocative post Debra. Wine is truly special that way, especially in Italy I think.

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    • My sister makes some excellent wine in Victoria. Their property is beautiful too.

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  9. My mouth is watering. What a fabulous experience, one I know I would love. Once again beautiful photos Lyn

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    • It was certainly fun to be there for the first day of picking.

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  10. Whaddayahknow!? The best wine tour post I’ve ever come across happens to be yours. I love all the details, Debra. You really are such a magnificent blogger. Even just the way he sniffs the cork, I feel like wanting to be there to see it in person. And this looks like a legit all around wine tour. The grapes getting stomped on is a maginificent sight. I want feet on my drink! Hehe 😀
    I never really liked wine until I got to Italy. 😀 Sorry Spain, I don’t why you never turn me into a wine drinker.

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    • Gabriele’s wine is very good…pity there isn’t more of it to sell all over the world. Thank you, again, for your kind comments.

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  11. This looks like so much fun. I love the way there is a stop for refreshments as well…no coffee just vino! Dinner would have been a highlight for me too!

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    • It was especially good fun because we shared it with the family.

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  12. Hi, I want to nominate you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award! Check out my post http://dutchgoesitalian.com/2012/09/30/awards-day-wonderful-day/ about it. Have a nice Sunday!! Letizia

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  13. What a fun visit this must have been. The little boy is darling; the wine looks lovely! Would you mind sharing a sip?
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  14. That looks absolutely wonderful! What a perfect day Debra… gorgeous.
    Love that dog too, looks very like my childhood dog who was much loved… I’m a sucker for a whiskery dog.

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    • My friend has a Spinone, and this cross definitely had the Spinone face and whiskers.

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  15. Lovely pictures again. Anyone with an interest in wine and its production will read this post with great interest. Presumably they sell direct to the public?

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    • You can buy at the winery and he also sells in a few places. The details should be on his website.

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  16. God, don’t you just love Italy!! Beautiful story. Beautiful family. BEAUTIFUL wine.

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    • They are a delightful family and they make great wine.

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