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

Harvest 2019: an eventful vintage year, but with good results

With the harvest of the Riesling grapes at the end of October, this year’s wine harvest was largely completed. Only in a selected vineyard above the monastery some Riesling grapes are still hanging. The capricious weather conditions left its mark in the vineyards, so the diligent work of our winegrowers was even more important. The frost night in May and the hailstorm in August put the vegetation in the vineyard to a hard test. Nevertheless, thank to the wonderful autumn weather with warm days and cold nights the harvest went very well. „We expect a vintage that reflects our terroir. The young wines present themselves very fruity and typical of their variety, with fresh and pleasant acidity.“ – summarizes our winemaker Celestino Lucin. All in all, 2019 presents itself as a good vintage with lower quantity but convincing levels of quality.