Harvest 2018

Wasp damage is a pain in the you know what…

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.)

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