The hard-working harvest workers have their hands full at the moment. Seven men and women with nimble fingers are at work in the former prince-bishop vineyards. They cut the grapes of the ripe varieties from the grapevine. "This year the solaris grapes have a must weight of 95 degrees oechsle, the ortega grapes 78", thomas has been investigating for a long time.
The winemaker at the schloss saaleck winery has pressed the two grape varieties together, and the juice is now being fermented in the wine cellar. To start the alcoholic fermentation as quickly as possible, thomas will add pure yeast to the fresh grape must for a long time and then warm it up.
"Because already on friday the first federweibe will be offered at the market place and in the vinothek in the town hall", explains lange. The diebacher fire department will also serve the first hammelburger federweiben at their wine festival this weekend.
The actual main harvest of silvaner, muller-thurgau and bacchus begins around 23. September around. The wine harvest this year is expected to last until the end of october or even the beginning of november.
"Now, of course, all winemakers hope for another golden autumn.
Because every day of sunshine increases the oechsle degrees, i.E. The fructose content in the grapes", explains the expert. The more oechsle in the grape juice, the higher the quality of the wine. "The hammelburg winemakers are confident and expect a good wine harvest", female thomas lange.