After a mild beginning to the winter with three dry months, we were happy about the heavy snowfalls of February. March was sunny and night temperatures dropped several times to threatening lows, but luckily there was no frost damage.
April brought abundant rainfall, almost twice as much as the long-term average. Winter also returned briefly, with considerable amounts of snow in the mountains. A cool May brought strong winds and rain instead of spring weather and thus delayed flowering.
June and July were very warm with some extreme heat near the 40 °C (104 °F) mark. Despite this, night values usually dropped to pleasant summer night temperatures and intermittent thunderstorms brought cool relief.
Due to the poor weather during flowering, fruit set was sparse and low yields soon became apparent. However, due to the dry and hot summer months, grape berries remained small with captivating aroma.
Our diligent grape pickers were very challenged because of the uneven ripening process, which made harvesting simultaneously in all vineyards, regardless of altitude and side valleys, necessary. Great attention was also required in particular for the selection of Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir.
Thanks to two very welcome rainfalls at the beginning of September, the harvest of Pinot Blanc, Müller Thurgau and Sauvignon could be delayed for perfect ripening. A picture book autumn with sunny and dry days lasted until the end of October and perfect ripeness was achieved with our late ripening grape varieties Lagrein, Cabernet and Merlot. It was a very long and labour-intense harvest!
From our vineyards in the Mosel, we can only report the best. The autumn weather was variable, but nevertheless yielded grapes of highest quality.
The year 2019 is a vintage that will remain in our memory!