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Wine Diary

2010 – one of the most difficult vintages

November 15, 2010

In the vineyards in 2010, there was restrained vegetative development from the beginning, and rain during flowering influenced the extremely weak fruit set. Only in the summer did the weather improve slightly.

In September, the heavy rainfalls stopped and the soil began to dry slowly, allowing us to bring in the harvest. A wonderful week until Friday, September 24th, was optimal for picking the grapes to be used for our Bründlmayer Brut. The sun smiled brightly in October - and the rest of the red grapes not intended for sparkling wine were picked. It wasn’t until the end of that month that grapes for the classic white wines were unveiled in good proportion and condition. Selection by hand proved once again that it is an unconditional measure that indeed seperates the wheat the from the chaff.

As of the beginning of November, the Erste Lage grapes for the Reserve wines were still on the vines waiting to be picked. The condition of the grapes in vineyard sites such as Käferberg, Lamm and Loiserberg "were perhaps the most beautiful ever harvested for Loiser Berg.”