Under the Tuscan snow, there is bread…

Above: A photo taken at the gates of the Tenuta Il Poggione estate in Montalcino, Italy, where Mazzoni is grown and vinified.

Inclement whether continues to impact travel and daily life in Italy this week, with heavy snowfall throughout Central Italy.

But snowfall at this time of year is not such a bad thing after all. Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Bindocci shared the follow nugget of Tuscan wisdom today on his blog, Montalcino Report:

A part from the inconveniences that the snow brings for the problems of traffic and other things, it’s important to remember an old farmer’s proverb: “under the snow the bread, under the rain the hunger.”

This is because the snow would cover the plains seeded with grain and it would protect them while excessive rain would make them die. And what’s more is that the snow cleans the plants of fungal diseases, like sooty mold.

In Italy there has been a fall and a beginning of winter with little rainfall, so little that in many cities the water was rationed. With these abundant snowfalls, the earth is filling up with water and even the springs will feel the positive impact of this.

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