In the heart of Trieste’s Karst region, where the sun-drenched vineyards sprawl across limestone hills, a unique and late wine harvest has winemakers and enthusiasts buzzing with excitement.
Harvesting grapes in the Karst region is typically a well-choreographed affair, with vineyards coming alive in the early days of autumn. As the sun casts its golden glow over the undulating landscape, vintners are carefully navigating their vineyards, gauging the optimal moment to pluck the ripe fruit from the vines.
The late wine harvest is a result of a combination of factors, including the region’s unique micro-climate and the meticulous care given to the vineyards. The cool nights and warm days characteristic of the Karst region contribute to the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing them to develop complex flavors and retain a balanced acidity.
Local vineyards are abuzz with activity as harvest crews work diligently to handpick the grapes, ensuring that only the finest clusters make their way into the wine press. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of crushed grapes as the wine making process begins in earnest, turning the carefully harvested fruit into the nectar that will soon grace glasses around the world.
We interviewed Lucija Milič, the owner of the Agriturismo in Sagrado, on the meaning the wine harvest- or vendemmia– has in the Karts life.