Now that the frantic pace of the harvest is over, we can slow down to carefully reflect on the last season, comparing it to the previous ones.
The 2021 vintage represents the 31st harvest for us among the Ravera rows. We spent more than three decades constantly watching and carefully managing our vineyards and this allowed us to acquire in-depth and specific experience. Despite this, nature is able to surprise us once again, giving us an unprecedented scenario. In fact, the 2021 wines are truly unique and completely different from all those that preceded them. They are united by deep and bright colors and show great structure which is refined by velvet tannins and incredible freshness.
By retracing the evolution of the growing season, we can identify some highlights.
The last winter days gave us spring-like temperatures, which favored an early bud break of the vines. After this unexpected early spring, we witnessed a drastic drop in temperatures which caused a slowdown in growth of our vines.
At a later time, the season was characterized by very windy days, especially in May and June, and dry, but never excessively hot. However, this particular climate trend, which mainly occurred in August and September, was not a source of stress for the vines, which benefited from the rain that wet the area in July and especially from the water reserves in the soil as a result of moderate winter snowfall.
In addition to the wind, which has been a positive factor throughout the season, the other elements that have distinguished this vintage were the excellent temperature range and the absence of summer hail and spring frost.
The ideal temperature changes between day and night have characterized in particular the month of September, while the rain that fell during the first days of October proved to be necessary to achieve a complete maturation of the Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo.
After the end of the harvest, we worked on the fertilization of the soil. Towards the end of the month of October, we provided the fertilization of the rows through a natural method that involves the use of products based on earthworm humus, always with a view to sustainable management of the vineyard.