Vintage report 2010

The vintage year 2010 started with the vines sprouting in the second week of May – two weeks later than in the preceding years. This was due to the long winter and the cold spring.

The frost damage to the grape varieties Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder and Spätburgunder was already apparent at that time. The Riesling had weathered the icy temperatures of January and February better. The vines also blossomed later than usual in 2010, but then did so quickly.

The heat wave in July also caused some difficulties for our vines. At the beginning of August, the weather conditions were quite mixed. September saw very changeable weather. At the end of September, we harvested the early varieties Müller-Thurgau and Dornfelder. Finally, we harvested the Riesling-Grauburgunder and the Spätburgunder grapes together with our seasonal workers.

The sunny October, and especially the cool nights, meant that the late grape varieties were able to mature much more fully. On October 21, we harvested a Beerenauslese with 131 degrees Oechsle from our top sites. We can therefore offer new high-quality vintage wines in 2011, too.