Weinlese-Weingut-Pratsch

Harvest

Depending on the entire growing season, the grapes can be ready for harvest between late August and early September. Our aim is to attain a harmonious balance between sugar and acidity.

This period is characterized by loud banging throughout the vineyards and nets covering the canopies to prevent birds from eating the crop. The moment the grapes have come out on the other side unharmed and their ripeness level is optimal, clearly visible in their brown pips, the harvest can begin. Harvesting machines pick the grapes during the cool night hours: As the sun can still be fairly strong throughout September, this could cause an unwanted heating of the harvested grapes.

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Spraying

Over the course of summer, the vines are sprayed on a regular schedule every nine days. So, starting in April, this will result in 8-10 rounds. Depending on the type of season, we will use different types of sprays, like e.g. baking soda, various herbal teas, sulfur, etc. We invested in an expensive full canopy

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Cleaning the stems and 1st yield reduction

The new shoots of a vine will now not only grow on the designated canes, but also on parts of the vine that will cause the vine to use too much energy. These as well as weeds need to be taken away either by hand or mechanically. Shoots can also emerge from higher up on

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Cultivating cover crops and treatments in the vineyards

Activities during the months of March and April are important to support the nutrients in our soils: This is the perfect time to sow various types of cover crops into the rows of our vineyards, which is an ideal growing ground for bees and other insects. According to our organic management we use water glass,

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