Vintage Report 2021

The 2021 vintage growing season started in December with rainy/snowy conditions – we had a lot of rainy days with also low temperature conditions that remained for the majority of the winter season with snow covered vineyards around the monastery. March and April were unseasonably cold months and for this reason the vines had not yet started budding. Between April 10-20 there were also frost situations, however, we were able to surpass any damage because of the initial lateness of budding from the colder temperatures. At the end of April we did start to see the beginnings of budding even though cooler temperature persisted into May. Blooming officially started the second half of June which is typically 2 weeks later than usual. June and July were hotter and more humid than the average which caused big challenges in the vineyards.... read more

Vintage Report 2020

The 2020 wine year begun with optimal conditions. After a snowy winter, bud break started quite early. Already on April 10, on the sunny sites around the monastery, we saw the first shoots. Thanks to mild spring weather, there were no problems with frost. During the summer the conditions were good as well, with normal temperatures and average rainfall. There were no extreme weather event and so harvest started about 10 days early on September 14th. Unfortunately, the autumn was a little bit rainy and therefore the diurnal temperature shift was less extreme than usual. In order to get healthy grapes, the harvest dates were brought forward and so harvest was already completed by mid-October. The wines of the 2020 vintage are delicate, fresh and fruity with moderate alcohol and an appealing acidity. Similar to the 2019 vintage. Weather data... read more

Harvest forecast 2020

In 2020 the vegetation cycle began relatively early. Although we had a snowy winter, especially in the mountains, March and April were both very mild and forced bud break approximately 10 days earlier than in average years. In fact, on April 10th in sun-exposed sites around the monastery, we observed the first shoots. About a week later, bud break was in full force. Fortunately the second half of April was also mild, eliminating any threats from a spring frost. During the spring and summer months we’ve had average temperatures with normal precipitation, so no real threat of diseases. At present, the vines are in good health. The expected yields for the medium-sized clusters are in line with the target quantities we have set.  The veraison started at the beginning of August; again about 10 days earlier than usual. If there are no extreme weather... read more

10 Commandments from Pope John XXIII.

10 tips for living a better life – from Pope John XXIII 1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once. 2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself. 3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one. 4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes. 5. Only for today, I will devote... read more