Harvest 2022 done!
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The 2022 grape harvest is completed. It took a long time, from the beginning of September to mid-November, but with the harvest of our Trockenbeerenauslese, the last grapes are finally in the house and their juice is slowly fermenting in our cellar.
At the beginning it was really summery, but then it became cooler and damp, and therefore the harvest has dragged on comparatively long. In our country, a large part of the harvest is done with harvesters. It is simply faster and with modern equipment the quality of the harvested grapes is so good that a manual harvest is only profitable for very special products.
When we harvest by hand, it is done with wheelbarrows, as shown in the picture. For the children, of course, this is always the most fun. This was already the case with us parents, but also with the grandparents and great-grandparents. As it is, in a family business that has been running for generations.
Harvesters do the work in an hour for which 10 people would need a whole day. Therefore, we have more opportunities to wait for the right time and the right conditions. The grapes are then harvested very gently and pre-sorted already on the harvesting machine. The result can then be seen in the picture.
In the following a time-lapse video on which you can see how such a grape harvester moves through the rows.
The final harvest was the Trockenbeerenauslese, Sämling 2022, already mentioned at the beginning. Noble sweet Trockenbeerenauslese are the top of the quality wine pyramid and ripen only in particularly preferred corners of the wine world. But because the grapes for them look so not at all appetizing, it is far too rare to see photos of them. Well, here is one!
There is little juice left in the berries, but it is all the more concentrated, and the noble rot has flavored it quite wonderfully. The quantity is small and accordingly rare and valuable are the few liters that come out.
Meanwhile, the juice is slowly fermenting in the cellar, a process that can last until next spring. Now, whith the grape harvest behind us, we’re in slight party mood. The work will continue soon enough anyway.
Finally, a short video - tipping harvested dried berry grapes onto the harvest cart.
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