Pruning & travelling

Winter is pruning time. For a couple of weeks it’s been horrible outside. Cold, wet, windy. I have to prune quite a few hectares so I really have to use every dry(-ish) day making my cuts. But two pants and several shirts made it work even below -10°C. There were days though which didn’t allow for any work, you just couldn’t see… Read more →

Bats, sheep & a lot more wine: the 2016 roundup

It’s winter. Cold, calm with our fourth vintage aging in the cellar. It’s not even been four years we’ve been doing all this. And so much happened! The first years were about getting started & quantities were small. This all changed with the 2015 vintage. We produced ten times more wine than it was 2013/2014 and I had a lot of sleepless nights.… Read more →

The 2016 oxidation experiment

Once a year I pull samples of all my whites, fill a glass with each and let the wine oxidize while taking a picture from time to time, sniffing and sipping. This year Basil (Wines Under the Bonnet / Toasted) was around visiting and helped me (thanks mate!). The glasses almost didn’t fit in the photo box, I have to find a better… Read more →

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 →

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 →


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 →

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 →