Happy New year! Auguri!

winter-neive 2012 (2)
Without snow, which is not guaranteed every year, our landscape here in the Langhe never goes completely gray. This cover crop in vineyard Gallina is trying hard to stay green.
winter truffle 2012
A HUGE bonus of the lack of snow is the extra long truffle season which lasts until the first hard snow. This truffle was found by our friend Lorenzino on Christmas morning. A lot more truffles are being found lately, the price has dropped a lot. This truffle is currently worth about 300€, a month or two ago this would have cost two to three times more.
tombola 2012
The Christmas season would not be complete without playing Tombola (bingo). Leslie won twice so two bags of raw sausage for us. This is the tradition in Treiso every Christmas Eve before midnight mass. Lots of Dolcetto, peanuts and clementines to keep us going.
winter-neive 2012 (1)
With the holiday almost over we can start to catch up on web site work, here Robert in his studio is taking photos of bottles for a client's web site.
winter-neive 2012
With Neive in the background, vineyard bricco San Giuliano is waiting for snow. Many producers are taking advantage of the lack of snow and getting an early start on the winter pruning "potatura", see photo below.
winter pruning 2012