Will it start yet? Questions of a similar type are asked in every winery every year, and no one can answer them in advance. Harvest time is accompanied by a bit of nervousness because it takes a lot of experience and information to start at the right moment. Our vineyard manager Roman Slouk also helps himself with laboratory tests. They also determined that the harvest of 2020 began at Sonberk on Tuesday, September 8, ie, five days later than last year. So far, it looks good. The weather helps.
As always, this year we went for the Moravian Muscat grapes first. There was a lot of work with this variety last year. Some berries started to rot because insects got into them, so it took many handworks to get only the best into the press. This year, Roman tried to insure himself. "When various bees, wasps or flies sting grapes, they start so-called to vinegar. Such raw material must not enter the wine. That is why this year, we have placed nets with tiny meshes on a small part of the vineyard, which protect the grapes from insects," he explains.
He does not know about the results yet after harvesting the first grapes. It is sure that even thanks to climatic conditions, the berries do not have to be picked as laboriously as last year. So far, it seems that if the weather lasts like in the previous few days, it will make winemakers happy. The acids in the grapes fall a little slower so far, but if it is the same heat in the following days, it will remain at the right level of the sugar content. "It's all about balance. To catch the right moment when sugar and acidity meet in optimal proportions" describes Roman.
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