Iconic Tuscan Winery Ornellaia Has Completed The Longest Harvest In Its History

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Harvest began on August 16th and ended nearly three months later on November 4th

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This year we began early and we are excited about it. We have high expectations for the 2015 harvest.

On November 4th, iconic Tuscan winery Ornellaia completed its longest harvest to date. It began nearly three months ago, on August 16th, when the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that go into making the new Ornellaia Bianco were picked, and ended less than a week ago, when the Petit Manseng grapes that are used for Ornellaia's dessert wine, Ornus dell'Ornellaia, were harvested. These were months of intense work at the estate that produces the world-renowned Ornellaia, the best wine in the world according to Wine Spectator. Ornellaia's Estate Director and Oenologist Axel Heinz stated, "This year we began early and we are excited about it. We have high expectations for the 2015 harvest. The intense July heat caused the grapes to mature slightly earlier than usual. Fortunately, the rains finally came in August, and we welcomed their arrival after such a long period with no precipitation. The storms actually refreshed the vines and lowered temperatures, especially at night, creating the temperature fluctuations that led to the best possible aromatic development of the grapes. We are predicting the possibility of an exceptional harvest, a middle ground between the vintages of 2012 and 2007, which was also the fruit of an early harvest.”

About Ornellaia – http://www.ornellaia.com
Ornellaia’s philosophy considers the birth of the wines to be the truest expression of their terroir. The grapes for Ornellaia are selected by hand, and picked in the estate's vineyards in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. The varying natures of the estate's terroirs, marine, alluvial and volcanic, are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Estate extends over 97 hectares along the Tuscan coast, just a short distance from the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri and the famed cypress-lined avenue ‘Viale dei Cipressi’. The constant work of the Ornellaia team and the ideal microclimatic and geological characteristics have brought the wines great international success in just twenty years since the first vintage of Ornellaia in 1985. In 2001, the 1998 Ornellaia was declared Wine of the Year by the American journal Wine Spectator. In 2011 the German publication Der Feinschmecker awarded Ornellaia its most sought-after award, the ‘Weinlegende’. Ornellaia has received considerable recognition in the national and international press, and is consistently ranked among the top estates by Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, James Suckling, Antonio Galloni, Bruce Sanderson and the Italian Wine Guides: Gambero Rosso, Espresso, Veronelli, Duemilavini AIS, and Luca Maroni.

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