The Vintages

In spring we lukyly just missed the late frost that hit a big part of Europe. The vintage started well balanced with nice weather during flowering and then passed into a hot, beautiful summer, whith regular precitpiation at the rigth time. Almost ideal conditions for biological crop protection. A long dry autumn, which was interrupted only by a short rain period in late September / early October.
Despite the hot summer normal maturity for the reds and also normal harvesting times. Early ripenning for the whites. In terms of quality and quantity perhaps the best vintage of the past 20 years.

Late frost in April led to considerable crop losses, especially for the early-expelling varieties Portugieser and Kékfrankos. Overall, a hot but also rainy year of high demands on plant protection. Nevertheless, mainly healthy grapes of high to very high quality, but due to the late frost in the affected varieties low quantities were harvested. A very good, but in terms of quantity a comparatively small vintage.

A vintage with little extremes. Early to normal bud breaking, followed by a sunny, hot, relatively dry summer. Good to very good quality with medium quantity.

Hi precipitation from the beginning, which lasted over the entire growing season. In autumn, then still long dry phases, which allowed to give the grapes time. Due to the weather-related pest management problems, some were harvested very early with corresponding results. Anyone who had the opportunities and nerves to give the grapes time, contrary to popular belief, harvested good to very good quality.

A dry, hot vintage with heat and drought from May to the end of August. Then came the longed-for and necessary rain, which unfortunately caused the Portugieser grapes to burst and therefore had to be harvested quite early. Nevertheless, also for the Portugoeser, but especially for the later varieties, an excellent vintage.

The hottest and driest vintage since time immemorial! First, mild winter, then snow in February and down to minus 25 ° C. Late Frost in April followed by a relatively precipitous spring until May, then 3 months between 30 ° C and 40 ° C and no rain! Very early start of harvest at the end of August. Small amounts due to frost in winter and late frost on Easter, then dryness and hail. Low juice yield in red grapes. High qualities, little quantities.

Very good vintage with enough rainfall. Very good qualities and mostly good crops. In the Hummel Winery the harvest quantities were however small, the qualities outstanding.

Difficult vintage with a lot of rain. Complicated plant protection situation. Large crop losses due to rot. The qualities that were harvested were mediocre at best. Great wines were the exemption.

The fourth big vintage in a row. Hot with enough rainfall. Fully ripe healthy grapes, producing complex, structured wines.

The third big vintage in a row. Mild winter, with early bud breaking. Warm, not too hot weather with plenty of rainfall. This causes high pressure of meldew. Nevertheless, mostly healthy, fully ripe grapes. Due to the abundant rainfall high minerality, high extracts and beautiful acids. Once again a great vintage, not only for Portugieser.

Mild winter followed by early bdu breaking. Already over 30 ° C in May and then several weeks over 40 ° C in June and July. Slight cooling and precipitation in August saved the vintage, after grapevines and grapes already showed drought damage. Early harvest with fully ripe, healthy grapes with high sugar degrees. Another excellent vintage for Portugieser, but also for the later varieties.

Late, cool spring with lots of rain. From mid-June hot and dry. Changeable July and August followed by a warm dry autumn. Fully ripe, healthy grapes with high minerality in all varieties due to the long growing season. Outstanding conditions for the Portugieser. A great vintage.

Relatively long winter followed by a wet spring and summer with a long warm autumn. After all a rainy year with high requirements for plant protection. As a result of the high-yielding vintage in 2004, low yields were partially further decimated by hail damage and at the more sensitive, early varieties (such as Portugieser) by decay. Due to the dry, warm autumn and the predominantly low yields, especially in the middle and late varieties good to very good qualities, which gives hope for concentrated wineswith high extract.

Relatively mild winter. Much rainfall in spring and early summer. Substantial pressure of desease with high requirements for plant protection. Changeable summer with dry, warm phases that alternated with periods of high precipitation. Late grape ripening. The start of teh harvest was about 4 weeks later than 2003. We harvested the last Cabernet Sauvignon on the 12th of November! With strict yield reduction and good plant protection complex, concentrated, well-formed wines are expected.

Another extremely hard and long winter with lots of snow and temperatures down to -25 ° C from November to February. In low locations, and not only there, considerable frost damage, that partly forced to cut out the vineyards . In addition late frost damage, which sometimes lead to total loss, but in any case to considerable crop losses. In April, sudden warming, which turned into an extremely dry and hot year. Virtually no fungal pressure. Frost related low yields. At 3 to 4 weeks premature grape ripeness. Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernets were all ripe at the same time. Healthy and fully ripe grapes with extremely high degrees of sugar. An extreme vintage in every respect, which also promises extreme, expressive, concentrated wines.

Extremely hard, snowy winter. Frost in December and January for about 6 weeks with up to -24 ° C. First, friendly spring, then after the bud breaking in early April late frost with -5 ° C. Depending on the situation, the yields were reduced by 30-50%, partly total failures. Warm to hot summer with lots of rain. Relatively dry phase in July and August, and then in the second half of August heavy rainfall followed by a warm September. October changeable. Generally low yields. What could be harvested was of good to very good quality. A very promising vintage.

Dry mild winter. Rainy spring followed by changeable weather in summer with lots of rain. The average rainfall of 700 mm / m² was far exceeded. Strong fungus pressure. Stable summer weather from mid-July to the end of August; then rain again shortly before and during the Kékoportó harvest. From mid-September warm, dry autumn. A little too little sun. Nevertheless promising vintage, especially for the later varieties, due to the long dry and warm autumn.

A winter with high precipitation and lots of snow. From mid-April already summer temperatures. Hot dry early summer followed by a dry warm, occasionally hot summer. Early bud breaking and vigorous undisturbed growth. Due to the dryness little to no fungus pressure. Grape ripening approx. 2 weeks earlier than usual. Very healthy, concentrated, small-berry grapes. After the big '99, another very good vintage.

Rainy spring with corresponding fungus pressure. Not too hot, changeable summer and then an almost never ending dry, warm autumn. If you had known, you could have let the grapes out until the beginning of November. Crop losses due to the strong fungal attack in early summer. What was harvested was of good to very good quality.

A rainy spring, an extremely hot, dry summer and then rain almost during the entire harvest period. Strong Botrytis infestation. Partly teh grapes had to be harvested ahead of time, partly it was raining during the harvest. A difficult year. But perfect to start a winery!