By the end of March the vineyard pruning is finished. Now it is time to aerate the soil to prepare for the imminent arrival of spring. Before long, the branches of the seemingly dry vines will show their first buds, which will turn into sprouts and finally vines, leaves, and grapes. This cycle is repeated every year, unchanged, although sometimes earlier or later due to the finicky nature of Spring, who has her own timing.
For the winemaker, the calendar is opposite from the growing season. It starts at the end of the harvest when the winemaker begins to transform the berries into wine in the cellar, only to wind down when the vines come to life again in spring.
After the pruning in March there is a striking phenomenon: the “tear of the vine.” From a practical point of view, it is simply the production of a resin rich in minerals and sugars where a branch has been pruned. However, and perhaps inevitably certain specific properties have been attributed to this liquid. It is said that the branches that weep more will bring more clusters and that the tears have healing powers, perhaps against intestinal disorders or conjunctivitis.
In ancient times, women would sprinkle their faces with these drops, convinced it would improve their complexion. In fact, recent studies have confirmed those ancient myths: the tear of the vine does indeed have specific anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and detoxifying properties.
Between myth and reality, it is still the phenomenon that characterizes this period prior to budding. Soon our vineyards will again be lush. For us at Follador, the well-being of the plants is essential: we safeguard our vines through careful management of the environment so we can maintain the fragrance and aroma of our excellent DOCG Prosecco.