Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini recently posted this photo of wasp damage in one of the estate’s Sangiovese vineyards.
Fortunately, it wasn’t severe but it’s still a pain in the you know what.
Wasps don’t typically eat fine wine grapes until very close to harvest, when the berries are plump with sugar.
And for a winery like Fattoria dei Barbi, where the owners have employed organic farming practices literally for generations, it can be a real nuisance. Luckily, as Stefano explains, it just takes a light spray of sulfur to repel them without affecting the quality of the fruit.
Damn wasps! (We can imagine that Stefano used saltier language when he discovered the damage.)