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Montemaggiore Blog

We are winegrowers not professional writers, thus this blog will probably only be updated a few times a year.  In fact most of these posts either have appeared or will appear in our quarterly newsletter. Having said that, we hope you enjoy our insights on winemaking and winegrowing on a boutique level.  We welcome your opinions and questions—and even your suggestions on future topics. 

Lise Ciolino
September 15, 2012 | Lise Ciolino

Crush = Excitement + Anxiety + Thrill

The harvest season, fondly known as "Crush", is a thrilling time here in Wine Country. It's exciting, nerve-wracking and satisfying all at the same time. Learn about a typical harvest day at Montemaggiore and the cardio-vascular workout that Lise gets.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
February 15, 2011 | Vincent Ciolino

Cane Pruning in the Vineyard

Every winter while the vines are dormant, Pedro prunes each of our 14,000 vines. He uses a method called cane pruning is complex and time-consuming, but worth the effort!  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
May 15, 2010 | Vincent Ciolino

Farming with Chickens

There is a reason most farms have chickens: they work hard! Chickens are a great addition to Montemaggiore, not only do they provide eggs, but they eat bugs in the vineyard, scratchto keep the native grasses down, and improve soil fertility. We've been trying to integrate more animals into our biodynamic farm, and chickens are the latest step.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
December 15, 2009 | Vincent Ciolino

Biodynamic Certification: is it necessary?

Many people say their vineyards are farmed organically and/or biodynamically, yet they aren't certified as such. Does it matter? Yes!  Continue »

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Vincent Ciolino
June 15, 2009 | Vincent Ciolino

Planting a new Vineyard

We purchased our vineyards in 2001, but now for the first time we are planting exactly the way we want with the right varietals & clones, row orientation & spacing, trellising & irrigation.  Continue »