The vineyards starting early
April was sunny and warm, and the vines sprouted earlier than ever. The growth sprint continued until the beginning of May.
There is still enough water available for the vines with their deep roots. This development was slowed dow by the ice saints (May 11th to 15th) with low day and night temperatures. In some vineyards, the morning of May 12th (St. Pankratius day) even caused frost damage.
The shoots that are growing out of the trunk must now be removed as they are a water and nutrient competition for the shoots on top of the rods. These shoots must now be tacked into the wire frame to protect them from wind breakage and above all to allow them to grow upwards. In addition, double shoots have to be removed to ensure good ventilation of the foliage wall. And all this is done manually. Here all the winegrowers are happy that travel bans were lifted for all Eastern European temporary workers.
With 14 days before average development, the fruit set looks very good. Experience has shown that flowering begins when 12 to 13 leaves per shoot have grown. This year, winemakers expect it for the beginning of June.