Harvest forecast 2020
Good conditions for an exciting vintage
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‚Äôve 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 patterns in these next few weeks, we would expect harvest to¬†start around 14¬†September in the lower elevations with M√ľller Thurgau.
Until now the ripening season promises good quality grapes. If thunderstorms stay away we should have a dry, sunny autumn which will result in 2020 being a fabulous vintage.