Wachau Panorama

Current vineyard report

Cautious, attentive manual labour … and so far, so good

The winter was mild with little precipitation, but there was enough available moisture in deeper soil depths due to the wet autumn. There were occasionally problems with noctuidae caterpillars, but we were able to remove these “cutworms” by hand in buckets as they came out to feed at night.

Budbreak occurred two weeks later than in 2014 and the local apricot trees bloomed three weeks later as well, thus putting 2015 back into a “normal” or average range of advancement.  Thankfully, we were spared the disastrous hail damage suffered in neighbouring wine regions on May 7th. Moisture needed for the vegetative growth spurt came at the ideal time in the middle of May.

A brief heat wave during flowering affected Grüner Veltliner and pollination was not optimal. Just how this will affect yields eventually is not yet clear. All other varieties experienced no detrimental effect and fruit set looks good.

We are currently busy with canopy management measures such as shoot placement and shoot trimming. Soil management measures are also on our daily schedule: planting of cover crops between the vine rows, removal of weeds directly under the vines and mowing where necessary. Since we do all these tasks by hand, this gives us a chance to observe nature closely and take appropriate actions immediately whenever necessary.

Domäne Wachau
3601 Dürnstein 107
Tel:+43-(0)27 11-371
Fax:+43-(0)27 11-371-13
office@domaene-wachau.at


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