I’ve just got back from the vineyard. My father and I have been thinning the shoots and tying the canes and placing them exactly on the pergola. They lie there as if ironed on. My father is 87 years old, but he still helps as much as he can. We still use the traditional overhead pergola method; it’s perfect for the Schiava grapes. Admittedly, a lot of the work has to be done overhead, and that makes it tiring. The vines vary with regard to age; some are 50 years old, some younger. The beauty of wine growing is that it unites the family; you work together and also celebrate the good harvest together. Our wine, Santa Maddalena, is made from two grape varieties: Schiava and Lagrein.