Sonnenmulde organic table-grapes

2019-09-02 23:00:00

A paper bag filled with organig table-grapes from the Sonnenmulde Estate Winery The proper wine harvest will start immediately after the Dornbirn Autumn fair in mid September. But we're already picking some grapes right now. They are just not destined for winemaking, rather they are table grapes meant for eating. Even more special is that they are new, fungus-resistant varieties that practically require no spraying - not even with organic formulations. This saves us a lot of time and labour while the grapes are still crisp and beautiful to look at. Read more »

Yield management

2019-07-24 16:55:00

Leaves and grapes on the ground after thinning. Yield management is a key factor in making great wines. The most important decisions are already made during winter pruning. But now, with the harvest in sight, it is time for some fine-tuning. Depending on the grape variety, there is more or less to do. But thinning the yield to a level that will help us harvest grapes with the ripeness we need, is what really counts. Read more »

Energy Transition in Winemaking

2019-07-04 07:55:00

Solar Panels on the roof of our winery A lot has to change if we want to avert the oncoming climate crisis and continue to make a living from creating fine wines here in Gols. Wine production naturally needs power too - fuel as well as electricity. And as every organic farm should, we’re thinking a lot about how to make things less harmful for our planet. Read more »

First grape blossoms

2019-06-05 16:10:00

Grape with its first two blossoms opened. Like every year the first grapes to bloom are from the St. Laurent variety. The picture shows its very first blossoms. Altough not too much to look at, a fully abloom vineyard offers an impressive fragrant smell. Read more »

Blooming vineyards

2019-05-23 08:00:00

Flowering green manure plants between vineyard rows In spring organic vineyards can be spottet from a long distance. The green manure plants are in full bloom, long before our vines develop their own flowers. Green manure offers food and habitat for small insects and bigger animals alike. Even hare or deer youngs like to hide between the growing greens. Our vineyards are therefore not only an important contribution to biodiversity, the green manure also provides essential nutrition for our vines, without the need for any synthetic fertilizers. But honestly, the beautiful sight is reason enough to enjoy the view this time of the season. Read more »

Spring Ploughing

2019-05-02 18:00:00

Vineyard rows after and before ploghing for comparison We cover the lower parts of our grapevines with soil before winter sets in to protect them from exceedingly deep frost events. Now in the spring, they are uncovered using a plough so that they can enjoy a bit of warm and fresh air. This also fights the weeds next to our vines while the greenery between the rows is left to bloom. The picture nicely shows the outcome, before and after ploughing. Read more »

Starting soon!

2019-03-30 15:23:00

Spring is almost here and our vines are slowly awaking. They have not yet started to grow but if the current warm conditions last, it is only a matter of a short while. Actually we hope for some cooler days to slow down the vine's development tough. A later start into the season means less danger from late frost. We'll see, maybe everything turns out like 2018 again, a year that was ideal in all respects. We wait in suspense! Read more »

Winter is Exhibition Time

2019-01-26 11:13:00

Following the Holiday season it is not too busy out in our vineyards. While this is the time for winter pruning, we do not have to finish it until spring comes around. So now we have the best chance to present our wines directly to as many of our customers as possible. Read more »

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