Reliable in the contemporary age, dominated by science and research, as it was in the times of grandparents and ancestors, the moon calendar is full of suggestions relating to the cultivation of the vine and is observed by the new generations of winemakers.
In ancient treaties on trimming the vines, we read «they can never be pruned on the crescent and the top of the moon because they have long shoots and give few grapes and the vine shoots become rotten».
A maxim regarding the time of grafting states: "Grafting of vine or fruit shoots should not be done by eye when the moon waxes or wanes, otherwise the eye does not take hold". The wisdom of popular calendars is also distributed for large agricultural operations aimed at the land: «plowing goes done with a waning moon, otherwise during the summer the soil cracks and the plants are affected" or to fertilization practices, for which farmers are encouraged to fertilize the land with a waning moon to favor the decomposition of the manure because fertilizing with a crescent moon, on the other hand, ferments the manure. The experience of men has been handed down over time first orally, then it has landed in the written form, distributed in the form of a pillar in the lunar calendars. Each region of Italy as in all the Tuscan wine areas -as you will be able to learn in our wine Chianti Rufina tour Chianti Tuscan Farms Wine Tour, Chianti Colli Fiorentini tour Castle Chianti Colli Fiorentini Wine Tour and Chianti Classico tour Chianti Classico Wine Tour - was thus able to dispose of a compendium of suggestions scanned month after month. The magical influence of the moon on the life of the earth, it has been said, is the object of great re-evaluation by all those, biological and biodynamic operators, who have renounced aggressive or intrusive interventions unrelated to the earth. Thus the fruits return to a natural balance that is also respectful of human beings, who in food and wine have the right to find wholesome and wholesome foods, as well as excellent quality wines, In a world of scientific and super-specialized handbooks, there was even a single moment of bewilderment or misunderstanding, let's not forget to consult the ancient agronomic compass provided by lunar. When in May it says: "If the vines bloom in the time of the full moon, one can well expect a copious harvest and an abundance of grape stalks", even the most skeptical will not be able to avoid feeling invaded by an inexplicable sense of optimism.
Alfredo Zavanone, "Scrutando la luna"