About four months ago, a couple of friends and I had a wine tasting at the Frescobaldi vineyard at Castello Pomino. During the tour that preceded it, we saw the racks on which grapes would be hung to dry for Vin Santo. We asked if we could come back to see that, which we did the other day.
What a treat! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the tapestry of grapes that met our eyes as we entered the loft. Three kinds of grapes—Trebbiano, Malvasia Toscana, and San Colombano—hung in rows. Our hostess explained that one of the advantages to hanging the grapes, as opposed to laying them horizontally to dry, is that the rotten grapes fall to the ground. The grapes will dry (which concentrates the sugar) until March when they will be made into Vin Santo and age in the barrel for seven years.
Naturally, we had to buy a bottle of Vin Santo before we left!
Images © Melissa Corcoran.