Vineyards in the fog
handpicking
green vine rows, © Robert Dieth© Robert Dieth
Sprouting of the vines
grape harvesting
fully ripe grapes
Rebblüte
Trimming
vines cut
vines sprouting
Pruning in winter
Winter in the vineyard
Vineyards in November

What happens in the vineyard?

Looking into the vineyard

Working in the vineyard is one of the most important activities for a winemaker. The management of a vineyard naturally contributes massively to the quality of a wine. Here you get an insight of what currently keeps the winemakers busy.

Most winegrowers take a break over Christmas and between the years. The seasonal workers also are at home now with their families. Some wineries started pruning right after the leaves fell at the end of November, the majority of them begin this work in mid-January, which then continues until the end of March.

In the autumn wind of the past few days, most of the colourful leaves have fallen to the ground. Due to the rain, there won't be many grapes left hanging in the vineyard, in order to be turned into ice wine later. The old vines, that will be replaced next year have been taken out. With the shorter days and the increasing darkness, peace has now returned to the vineyards.

Well, most of the grapes don't actually turn red, but blue, as from red grapes, white wine is made (e.g. Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer), while blue grapes make red wine. Slightly confusing. However, the visible colour change of the grapes is a clear proof, that the ripening continues.

Defoliate in the vineyard

The stitching is finished and the first leaf cut, the so-called summit, in which mainly the shoots are cut off, which protrude above the leaf wall. Now it's time to defoliate or defoliate, a measure of deciduous wall design that has become firmly established among quality-oriented winegrowers in recent years.

wine bloom

Nature balances many things again - winegrowers are noticing this at the moment in a time, where you can almost watch the shoots grow. Although the vineyards were still nearly two weeks behind the long-term development until the end of May, they are currently speeding up, leaving the winegrowers to deal with the rapid growth while doin the tying. In addition, the current strong winds can easily break the delicate new shoots, that are even more fragile due to having grown so fast.

double engine

The 15th May and thus, the risk of frost damage are over. The grapevine growth has slowed down during the cool temperatures in recent weeks, so that despite the early budding as in the past year, the long-term average of grapevine development has now been reached again.

Cultivating in the vineyard

There is an old German folk song singing about the farmer taking out his horses in march, in order to do his fields. As romantic as the more than 200 years old "peasant song"is, in today's agriculture it is not quite like that aymoe. Today, it is rather the "Diesel-horse" that is taken out. But the loosening of soils in the spring still is the first soil cultivation in the vineyards.

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Contact details:

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55232 Alzey

Tel: (0049) 6731 951074 18
E-Mail: udo.diel@rheinhessenwein.de

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