An age-old tradition: End-of-harvest feast for everyone at Fattoria dei Barbi

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“The sun doesn’t set on tradition at Fattoria dei Barbi,” wrote Laura Cerundolo on our Facebook. “Here are photos from the end-of-harvest feast.”

Laura works in the estate’s administration yet she, too, sat side-by-side with the vineyard workers as they celebrated the end of the harvest with a midday feast hosted by owner Stefano Cinelli Colombini on Wednesday of last week.

The end-of-harvest feast or pranzo della ben finita (successful completion [of harvest] lunch) at the end of the harvest is an age-old tradition that hasn’t been abandoned by Stefano and the Fattoria dei Barbi.

It dates back to another era when estates like Barbi were really small towns where people worked and lived with their families.

Picking grapes and making wine is literally back-breaking work. And so it’s always a great occasion for joy when the harvest is done and the wine must is “boiling” (i.e., fermenting) in the tanks and casks in the cellar and everyone can rest easy.

And as in another time, the estate owner and the workers sit down together to enjoy a true feast. It was a also a way for workers to nourish themselves after the weeks they spent toiling in the vineyards.

As Laura points out and as you can see from the brio in the photo, it’s one of those wonderful traditions that everyone cherishes at the Fattoria dei Barbi.

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