The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring. Shoot fruitfulness was excellent with fruit set consistent and compact. Early indications of a large yield enabled us to thin crops to an appropriate level in December and early January to ensure premium growing conditions.

Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. Harvest started end of March. We had only one day auf light rain so that we could pick our fields without pressure. The end of season was somewhat challenging due to earlier than usual frosts. Luckily most of the clusters were off the vines.