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The joy of working with animals

It’s a wonderful thing to work with animals in agriculture. For viniculture one of the most interesting species are sheep. They can be used to feed down the greening in the vineyard or to get the bottom leaves of the vines removed. We have a few vineyards with tricky embankments where I have to spend a lot of time with… Read more →

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August vineyard update: burn baby burn

After three weeks off the harvest preparations are under way now. And we have great support this year. Besides Antoine who’s been working with us since April we now have Stephanie and Nick joining the crew – welcome guys! The first thing to do obviously was an extensive visit of all vineyards. Can you guess which variety I’m explaining on this pic? The… Read more →

July vineyard update: It’s all about leaves

July is the last heavy-work month before harvest with a major focus on leaf management. Although it could have been worse the weather was not ideal the last weeks. This year we’re getting all the rain we missed last season. Key problem still: Peronospora. Specifically the Müller-Thurgau has been hit hard. The early infections will reduce the yield quite a bit.… Read more →

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June vineyard update: Peronospora is a bitch

In June time flies by. This year in particular. Due to the massive amounts of rain we had the vines grew extraordinarily fast and strong. Pretty much exactly the opposite of what we saw last year. We struggled to keep up with all the work sometimes but in the end we’ve managed it very well I think. All the shoots… Read more →

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May vineyard update

Welcome back to the monthly vineyard updates! In the last four weeks all vines have exploded. With all the frost horror stories we’ve heard from friends we have to say we were really lucky in the end. Six nights of fire did cost quite a bit of money but decreased the overall damage to a rather low percentage. Only one Müller-Thurgau… Read more →

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Father & Son

Nope, this is not a story about Cat Steven’s famous song. It is a story about wine. When Michael and I decided to come back from London in order to join Michael’s parents winery it was all clear: We wanted to do it our own way. At this time it wasn’t so clear how this way would exactly look like.… Read more →

Vineyards on fire

In Flames

Spring had started so nicely as the interns and I spent the first weeks together in the vineyards. The first workdays in a tee, the first barbecue,… It all ended last Friday. Within a day the temperature went down to the freeze point. Being in the middle of bud break it’s a dangerous time for frost. There is a specific spot at… Read more →

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Extraordinary horseshit

From time to time a vineyard benefits from fertilization. Our legumes are great collectors (and suppliers) of nitrogen but we felt like we could need an extra boost to improve the percentage of humus in our soil. And compost is the first choice. We’re not quite there yet with our plans for producing it ourselves. So we’ve started looking for a good… Read more →