THE YEAR IN THE VINEYARD

For thousands of years the wine-grower has often been used in art, literature, religion or philosophy as a metaphor for hard work and human aspiration to cultivation. A wine-grower checks each vine seven times a year. Only with this care can quality really be achieved in the vineyard.

FROM WINTER

Old wood is already removed from the vines in January. This influences the yield and therefore the future quality of the wine. Quality-conscious wine-growers usually reduce the vine to two shoots.

... TO SPRING

In spring it is high season in the vineyard. Before the shoots appear the vine is stabilised by bending it and tying it in place. This ensures that each shoot is equally supplied with nutrients. Loosening the ground mechanically stimulates natural soil life.

THROUGH THE SUMMER...

The vines blossom in June. Growth is encouraged by removing excess shoots. Trained hands cut the fruit buds off in order to reduce the yield which leads to an especially good quality harvest in the autumn. Between June and August a strong wall of leaves also grows in the vineyard and this is kept in shape by fixing the vine shoots in place. In spite of this, individual leaves must be removed in order to improve the effect of light on the grapes and air circulation.

... TO THE HARVEST...

Depending on the summer weather the wine harvest begins between the middle and end of September. The weather is now still an important factor. Rainfall shortly before or during the harvest would not be advantageous as the grapes then absorb more water. Wine-growers choose the best time to begin the harvest by using a refractometer which measures the ripeness of the grapes. If the Öchsle degree is high enough the grapes are then carefully harvested.

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