GRAPE - A LABOUR-INTENSIVE CROP
The process from growing grapes to making wine is a laborious one, especially on steep slopes. Work begins in January to March, with pruning. Old growth from the previous year is removed and the branches to contain fruit are selected and supported. The number and length of the fruit rods have a decisive influence on the yield and also on the quality of the wine. From February to April repair work on the wire frames takes place. The vines are tied to them, thus achieving a uniform distribution and stable shape of the shoots. By August, side shoots are removed and the upper growth is attached to the wire frame. Soil loosening and cover crops stimulate soil biology. Protective measures against pests and fungal diseases are carried out during the growth period. The start of the harvest depends on the grape variety, the location, and the weather. The harvest starts in September and can last until the end of November.