Mosel and Pfalz Harvests are Looking Good

Here we are again in harvest time!

Healthy Riesling grapes in  the Mosel Valley.
Healthy Riesling grapes in the Mosel Valley.

In Germany’s Mosel Valley, where the grapes for Dr. Loosen wines are grown, early bud break and a warm spring had us dreaming of a perfect harvest, but summer was really rainy and we worried about mold issues until just three weeks ago.

It’s drier now, and looking like it’ll be a nicely ripe harvest, much like the one we had in 2009. As of right now, the grapes look beautifully clean and healthy (ie: no botrytis or other mold issues). We plan to start picking on September 29th, and the harvest will continue into early November.

The Pfalz region, where the grapes are grown for our Villa Wolf wines, is drier and warmer than the Mosel, so the harvest is always a bit earlier. The fruit is looking good this year and the harvest will start on Sept. 19th, wrapping up around the 12th of October.

Ürzig Grapes on September 9, 2014
Ürzig Grapes on September 9, 2014
Ürzig vineyards on September 9, 2014
Ürzig vineyards on September 9, 2014