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Wine Diary

Graced by green again!

May 5, 2022

A few days with minor rainfall accompanied this year’s bud break; and now the soils too show a first fresh though still fragrant green cover. At present we observe the development of the inflorescence on the young vines, our future grapes. Natural life in Kamptal wine country definitely is picking up speed!

All animals are instantly responding to the increasing food availability outside, and all the crawling and flying may happily remind Disney movie fans of A Bug’s Life. It gladdens the grower’s heart to see our bees on the Loiserberg eagerly gathering nectar from flowering trees and bushes, as well as soon from already blossoming green covers between the vineyard rows, which will be true bee pastures.

However, we are well-advised to protect our young vines against some of those crawling and swarming insects. Thus, i.e., we have brought out sex confusion pheromones to contain the reproduction of the vine moth (grape worm) in an environmentally friendly way. Another example is the exposing of beneficial mites against ‘vermin’ like spider mites, fungus gnats & co.

Anniversary- Tour de Vin

Last weekend was entirely dedicated to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the “Österreichische Traditionsweingüter.” 68 wine estates along the Danube from Krems to Vienna opened their doors to the public and offered special “Tour de Vin” programs. Hundreds of merry wine enthusiasts visited our cellar, enjoyed a tour and later our current wines, or deepened their knowledge when attending one of the overbooked Bründlmayer “master classes,” which also featured our vintner-friends Roland Velich/Moric and Armin Tement. A lucky bunch of people even set out for a hike over the Käferberg guided by none other than Willi Bründlmayer. A heartfelt thank you to all of our team who sacrificed their whole weekend in order to offer to our guests an unforgettable wine experience.