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Guest Number 1000 in Cappannelle
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Cappannelle: The Story of New Vineyard in Castiglion Fibocchi

This is the story of our idea and dream: the new beautiful vineyard.
For reading this story start from the bottom of this post…….and please write your impressions and your emotions!

Have a good reading!

Step 19. August 2018:
New Vineyard is growing – Google Map

 

From Google Map The New Vineyard in Cappannelle is almost visible.
From Google Map The New Vineyard in Cappannelle is almost visible.

Our project is taking shape. We are proud of taking care of the beauty of the area. It is a wonderful gift we give to all of us and to future generations.

Step 18. July 2018 :
Vineyard & Wonderful landscape

This is Bianchi Renato (83 years old – July 2018) with the passion, ambition and care to have a beautiful vineyard and with the care to protect it from wild boars in the area.

Step 17. June 2018:
Vineyard and its splendor (with roses)

What a splendor to see the vineyards with roses.

Our fixed thought is “Beauty will save the world” and also what Prince Leopold of Tuscany thought about Tuscany “functional aesthetics” – the beauty and functionality that coexist together … what an intelligent thing!

Maybe you did not know that …

Besides being an ornamental plant, the rose can perform a preventive function in the vineyards.

According to the common practice it is possible to prevent such diseases by observing a rose plant, placed near the rows (generally it is placed at the head of the rows). In fact, this plant tends to manifest symptoms in advance of the vine itself (about a week before).

The rose, therefore, would have the function of warning the farmer that, acting promptly through treatments based on copper (for peronospora) or sulfur (for oidium), will be able to block the infection in time.

Step 16. 31 December 2017:

Vineyard is sleeping

And so the first winter has arrived for our vines ..

Even the vines, like human beings, rest. Winter is the moment when everything stops in nature, preparing for the next spring.

Sh sh sh Silence ..

Now they rest in a deep sleep!

Step 15. October 2017:

Vineyard in Fall

Step 14. September 2017:
Vineyard is growing well

Like the puppies cared for with care and love by Renato Bianchi, the small vines are growing very well. We are very proud! Our dream is taking shape.

Step 13. July 2017:
Placing poles and wire metal

After planting the plants, we now place the poles and the metal wires to support them for when they are older.

 

Step 12. June 2017:
Little vines are growing despite the drought

In one of the hottest summers of the century, second only to 2003, the real risk was drought. Fortunately, and thank God for a week after having planted it, a long rain of two whole days has come, saving the vines from drought.

Step 11. May 2017:
Planting new grapevines.

 

Now it’s time to put the plants …. carefully, tidily and in perfect lines. We decided to put a small plant every 80 cm to get a good quality of the grapes. Renato and his helpers worked hardly.

Step 10. April 2017:
New Vine plants arrived

In April 2017, kept as if they had been a treasure in gold, diamonds and emeralds, the very precious 11.300 vine plants arrived in a cold store directly from the company Marchi e Volpe.

The entire production process takes place entirely within and under the direct control of the company. The processing is carried out with the utmost care to maintain an optimal health and morphological condition of the cuttings according to the clonal selections from which they derive.

The packing of the cuttings in nylon bags inside stackable cartons and the storage of refrigerated cells inside allows a perfect preservation at constant temperature and humidity. All under the control of public bodies and institutions that ensure the good health status of mother plants and nurseries.

In  2016 with our agronomist Dr. Guido Fatucchi of the Social Winery of Arezzo (Cantina dei Vini Tipici dell’Aretino) we analyzed the organoleptic characteristics of the soil and based on that they identified the typology of vine plants:

  • ANCELLOTTA 24.8%
  • SANGIOVESE 75%
  • MALVASIA 0,1%
  • TREBBIANO TOSCANO 0,1%

To produce in Castiglion Fibocchi the wine that follows the Chianti Wine DOCG Colli Aretini protocol

Step 9. April 2017:
Ready to Plant

Plowed land before planting the vineyard - Cappannelle April 2017 Google Map
Plowed land before planting the vineyard – Cappannelle April 2017 Google Map

The great moment has arrived ……… The land has been worked divinely. And with great attention all the old vines have been removed and it has been plowed several times ….. it’s spring where everything starts.

Step 8. September 2016:

Last works before planting


We leveled the field for the last time before planting the new vines. And now we let sleep the ground for all winter 2016 until spring 2017

Step 7. August 2016:
Deep soil plowing

To ensure greater fertility to the soil of the new vineyard we plowed more than 1 meter deep. Renato had called Mr. Croci an expert in the plowing of vineyards with his big bulldozer and his big coulter.

The purpose of the break is to create conditions of softness, even if temporary, even at a certain depth, so that the roots of the trees expand easily. In fact, in non-broken soil, the roots develop more superficially and the plants are more easily subject to eradication and more susceptible to drought. It is carried out with a super heavy rubberized / crawler agricultural tractor.

Step 6. July 2016:
Leveling the field

We have leveled the ground before plowing.

Step 5. June 2016:
Collection of old vines

Despite the great work many roots of vines have remained. We have collected them in one single point in a large pile.

Step 4. Jube 2016:
The ground after the first plowing

Now every row of the old vineyard is plowed.

 

Step 3. May 2016:
Remove the plant vines with tractor

Renato with the tractor plowed the soil to remove the roots of the old vines

Step 2. April 2016:
The Old Vine Plants cutted

Now it’s all cut. And there are only small branches and roots of vines

Step 1. March 2016:
We begin to cut the old vine plants.

An old vineyard that has done a good job for over 40 years is retiring! Now let’s start cutting the old screws. The whole Bianchi family is collaborating. In the front row, Bianchi Renato and then Gianni and Marusca.

Step 0. September 2015:
We have a DREAM: Plant a new Vineyard!

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Map of old vineyard September 2015

 

A day of September 2015, after the last harvest, we decided to plant a new vineyard in the same place where my father in law Renato planted it in 1970.

Bianchi Team in the last Harvest 2015 - Cappannelle
Bianchi Team in the last Harvest 2015 – Cappannelle

 

Team Last Harvest 2015 - Cappannelle Farm
Team Last Harvest 2015 – Cappannelle Farm
  • GOAL: To Plant new 11.300 vine trees and do a new harvest in September 2019
  • COMPANY : Cappannelle Farm
  • DIRECTOR: Renato Bianchi

Agriturismo Nonno Dante- Castiglion Fibocchi (AR)

Nonno Dante è un ristorante fantastico capitanato dalla nostra amica Lucia e dai figli Giacomo e Valentina. Gli ospiti della Casa Vacanze Cappannelle adorano questo posto!!!!

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52029 Castiglion Fibocchi – Arezzo
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Telefono Lucia: 3394301535
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Email  : agrinonnodante@gmail.com

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Ci sono stata…stavo cercando di caricare le foto del 1°maggio,ma non riesco😕…Comunque menu completo di antipasto toscano con crostini salumi buonissimi,primo di “strozzapreti”fatti da loro con asparagi e salsiccia,arrosto misto con patate e insalata,dolce,vino della casa caffè e amaro 28 euro!Ci tengo a sottolineare la gentilezza del personale e la bontà dei prodotti veramente ottimi!!!

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Ieri sera noi siamo stati a cena in un agriturismo a gello biscardo,si chiama nonno Dante. pur venendo da una famiglia che ancora porta in tavola i “sapori di una volta” e le ricette delle bisnonne,devo ammettere che dei ravioli così buoni non li avevo mai…

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Winery Visit 1

Fattoria La Vialla Winery near Cappannelle _ Castiglion Fibocchi

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Our next vinification destination was Fattoria La Vialla. Much of what we encountered was similar to Pomaio, but it was still interesting and educational, and we tried many wines, including one from earlier in the process (before it was ready) which showed how important the first portion of the aging process is. They offered an impressive array of food, even without serving pasta as a main dish, and I did enjoy trying the different foods (cheeses especially) with the different wines. One of the wines, to me, tasted very noticeably of salmon/fish. Some people agreed with this, but I wonder if it was so strong for me because I had the first pour from the bottle. Some compound(s) could have risen to the top, giving it a different flavor profile. Unfortunately, I did not try any other samples of this wine so I can’t tell if it was just me…

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FROSÉ-The Coolest Summer Drink

Nube Rosa is cool. Fattoria la Vialla near Castiglion Fibocchi

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Today was the first warm day and it was time for this year`s hottest summer drink. FROSÉ has been celebrated by trendy bars in Los Angles and New York. The slushy drink made of frozen rosé, strawberries and crushed ice is the best way to cool down. I used a rosé from my favorite organic Italian winery “Fattoria La Vialla”, which produce their wine on a beautiful family estate. The fruity aroma of the refreshing drink made me dream of warm beach days in Bella Italia.

Ingredients

  • Rosé wine
  • 500 g (2 cups) Strawberries
  • Crushed ice
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar
  • Fresh Mint
  • Optional: Grenadine or Aperitivo Rosato

Instructions

  1. Pour a bottle of rosé wine into a baking tin or any other wide container and leave it in the freezer for about some hours. In the meantime, cut the strawberries in small pieces, mix them with 3-4 tbsp. of sugar and let…

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Arezzo- Rondine

Wonderful decision to vist Rondine

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First off, if you want to know more about Rondine, I suggest you check out their website at rondine.org. I will attempt to tell you about their mission, and how it challenged my world view.

Rondine is an activist organization that seeks to inspire change through peace. They take students from conflict zones (Israel/Palestine, Armenia/Azerbaijan, etc.) and bring them together to study and learn about the other side. Through personal interaction and debate, they seek to humanize the conflict, instead of demonizing the other side as propaganda tends to do.

Conflict resolution is embedded within the curriculum at Rondine, but conflict between the sides is inevitable. One of the students there told us, “we cannot avoid what happens.” Tempers inevitably flare, but they seek to meditate the peace process and bring about change. Rondine staff seek to change the perspective of conflicting sides, one voice of reason at a time.

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Rondine and the Art Exhibit

Rondine is the city of the peace near cappannelle – castiglion fibocchi

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This morning we loaded onto a double decker bus and drove to a place called Rondine. It was out in the countryside of Tuscany and had a very beautiful view and an exotic feel to it. When we got there we went into a giant tent to learn about the purpose of Rondine. This organization brings students from opposing conflict zones together in the same place so that they can see their “enemy” face to face and realize that they are an actual person. This program also allows these student to further their education even though their countries are in a state of conflict. It was very cool to see two people whose countries hated each other managing to be friends and see past the cultural lenses their respective societies have placed over them. Rondine is a good activist for what I believe is a very good cause. After Rondine…

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