Grape ripeness under drought stress
Not only for us humans but also for the vines the past days were pure stress.
Older vineyards, however, put this kind of stress away easier than older people. Older vineyards have a deeper root system than young vineyards and find even in the last cracks a drop of water. Young vines had to be watered in the past day, where huge amounts of water quickly come together here. A vine needs in this dryness about 5 to 6 liters of water per week so that one hectare of vines comes quickly to 25,000 to 30,000 liters of water per casting. Since there are no wells in the vineyards, such as in vegetable growing regions, this is a difficult undertaking and only possible in individual cases.
The development of the grapes went on, but over 30 degrees Celsius, this faltered and in lack of water, the berries are not so bulging, sometimes even seem really withered why the maturity picture from vineyard to vineyard can be very different. In addition, there is a good grape hanger that has caused many a stick to collapse. Especially younger vineyards had to be relieved of their yield to ensure their survival for the next few years.
Nevertheless, the grape harvest will start in the last days of August, hopefully with one or two small patches of rain. From next week, the winemakers wish again a lot of sun a day and cool temperatures at night. Then there's nothing in the way of a big 2018 vintage.