The heat of a long process
The grape harvest can always be seen as the toughest test for the winemaker. Indeed, after months of hard work preparing the vineyard, it is time to bring home the outcomes. The process starts with the wintry pruning, followed by the binding, the fertilization, the summer green pruning, the suckering, plant health treatments and finally, the grape harvest.
Conte Leopardi starts harvesting the white grapes found in its Podere Coppo in Sirolo, where, at the end of August, the Sauvignon has golden yellow nuances. The winemaker, by picking some grapes, checks if the sugar and acidity rates in the grapes are the best, and, if they are, then that is the right harvest time. The harvest is hand made using suitable scissors and small plastic boxes. This avoids any damages made to the grapes made when carrying them into the cellar. If the grapes get damaged, then the juice, called wurt, comes out from the grape, risking an early fermentation process or worse, the acidification of the grape.
The harvest lasts about two months. The Montepulciano grapes are the last grapes gathered. It is a very tardive vine and it needs a Mediterranean and dry climate in order to ripen properly.
Harvesting with other people is very exciting: you can feel a special ambience, a unique one.
Improve the quality and the quantity of products
In the last century the cellar moved its location three times. The first cellar was situated in the family's sixteenth century palace in Osimo. Severely damaged during the Second World War, it was closed and rebuilt in Numana's farm, where it was expanded and equipped with the best winemaking equipment of the times.
Caring for the environment
Tradition joins modernity and Hi-Tec. Conte Leopardi’s cellar is covered in solar panels and uses only eco-friendly machineries, supporting the vineyard’s health and growth.t health.
"...the engine of our winery!"
We use to consider our vineyards as the engine of the winery. Everything we do in the cellar depends on the result of our work in the vineyards
We grow excellent indigenous and international grape varieties, to obtain important wines that are strongly linked to our territory.