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Past vintages

2020

  • warm & balanced
  • Average flowering (1 June 2020)
  • 22 July 2020 veraison
  • 9 Sept. 2020 early harvest start
  • 30 Sept. 2020 end of harvest (we were quick)
  • Authentic & long-lived wines

April was dry, warm and very sunny. One high followed the next. In May, temperatures were slightly above average and rainfall slightly below average. Flowering went off without a hitch. We can look back on a balanced summer with pleasant temperatures and optimal rainfall. On the last weekend in August, however, 100 litres of rain fell within 3 days. This enormous amount of rainfall increased mushroom growth in the vineyard. We reacted quickly and started the harvest early. Within only three weeks, all the grape material was in the cellar. It was one of our organisational masterpieces.

 

We remember

  • Lock-down starts on Hannes' 27th birthday on 10 March 2020. He gets a rooster for his birthday.
  • Hannes starts organic farming of all our vineyards.
  • For the first time ever we produce Verjus - the sour grape juice from early harvested grapes. Our favourite refreshing drink.
  • Carmen often comes to South Tyrol for home office over the summer.
  • We end our Törggela season early due to the pandemic.

2019

  • Warm
  • Slightly delayed flowering (16 June 2019)
  • 31 July 2019 Veraison
  • 13 Sept. 2019 Start of harvest (within average)
  • Fresh, lively wines

The winter months were mild above average. April was clearly too wet and also a little too mild. May 2019 goes down in weather history as an unusually cool month, namely the coolest May since 1991. It was also cloudy with recurring rain. This led to a delayed full flowering. This was followed by a hot June with a pronounced heat wave at the end of the month, which led to some new temperature records. August was warmer than average, with mostly balanced rainfall. September was slightly warmer than the long-term average. The most striking event was a winter onset up to medium altitudes on 8 September, stopping potential rot. The main harvest began in mid-September. For the first time, we started harvesting earlier and avoided overripe grape material.

 

We remember

  • At the annual Easter feast at the "Fonteklaus" inn it felt like Spring.
  • At the beginning of May the valley was covered in fog, but it was not fog but the SMOKE of the paraffin candles lit to fight the late frost. Fortunately, the temperatures did not drop too much.
  • Hannes started with the organic cultivation of a vineyard. The vineyard remained healthy and vital throughout the entire growing season.
  • For the first time we picked grapes for our Pet Nat (100 bottles).
  • Hannes had a remarkable share in the work in the vineyard and cellar for the first time.
  • Grandma Maria turned 90 :)

2018

  • Hot
  • Late budding but early flowering (4 June 2018)
  • 28 July 2018 Veraison
  • 17 Sept. 2018 Start of harvest (a little early)
  • Very good grape quality

 

Due to the cool February and March, the budding of the vines started a little later. However, the humid and unusually warm April and May led to early flowering, which was already completed by the beginning of June. June and July were characterised by above-average temperatures with less precipitation than average. August was hotter than average, full of thunderstorms and correspondingly wet. The harvest began a few days early. In September, one high followed the next; with a few exceptions, it was consistently warm and, above all, extremely sunny. This allowed us a relaxed harvest in the cool morning hours.

2017

  • Hot
  • Early budding
  • Frost (30-40% failure)
  • Normal flowering
  • 10 - 14 days earlier harvest
  • Very good, ripe grape quality

 

Already March, as well as the first two weeks of April, were exceptionally warm. This favoured an early budding of the vines. In the middle of the month, the weather changed permanently and was followed by a massive cold snap with frosty nights around 20 April. Our vineyards were not spared the late frost either.

This was followed by warmer than average months in May and especially in June - only the June of 2003 had been hotter. Due to the warm temperatures we had hardly any problems with peronospora and mildew.

The temperatures in July were slightly above average. Frequent thunderstorms followed at the end of the month. August brought very high temperatures in the first two weeks - over 37 degrees centigrade. At the same time there were large hailstorms with damage to the orchards, especially between the Eisack Valley and the Unterland.

The harvest began in large parts of South Tyrol already in August and thus 10 - 14 days earlier than usual. September 2017 will go down in weather history as a month that was clearly too cool, with little sunshine and a little too wet. We were largely spared the precipitation, so we were able to finish harvesting in peace.

 

We remember

  • At the end of April, Tata and mum picked up Carmen in Steinach in Tyrol, as she couldn't get far with public transport due to the heavy snowfall.
  • Hannes completed his training as a technician for viticulture & oenology in Weinsberg.
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