Day 19: 14/10/2011 The Finale for Moi Shalom recounts the last day of his vintage experience at Undhof Salmon. He is now heading for Burgundy and will continue his blog as he travels the region, which I am sure will make for continued interesting reading... ... read more >
Day 18: 13/10/2011 - A beautiful day to pick Today was a great day. The weather was perfect and everything was calm. Ferments were well on their way. The winemaking team decided to lend a hand to the harvesting team. It was getting stuffy in the winery with all the CO2 gas being produced from the ferment and we need ... read more >
Day 17: 13/10/2011 - Another Cold Spell There wasn’t much going on today due to the sudden return of the rainy weather. It was freezing cold. Temperature has dropped to seven degrees. In fact, weather was so bad, none of the pickers worked today so they were put on bottling duties. Over at our end, we decided to take some ... read more >
Day 16: 11/10/2011 The Rain is gone! Today is a beautiful day. I know I said that last week but after 5 days of rain, it was good to see the sun was up, the sky was blue and the chill was gone. There was nothing much going on today except for 10 bins of Riesling from the kögl vineyard ... read more >
Shalom's vintage experience continues although bad weather has meant a halt to picking so he has had a few days off, hence not day 13 or 14 reoprt, but here's day 15... in a wet and cold Austria ... read more >
Day Twelve: 07/10/2011 Rain, rain, Go away! The cold has set in and the miserable weather has begun. This is the first dark and gloomy day I had in Austria since arriving here two weeks ago. Temperature was as predicted, which was 12 degrees Celsius. ... read more >
Day Eleven: Dry Ice Wonderland 06/10/2011 It was a very busy day. Early in the morning, a tanker filled with grape must rolled up at our doorsteps. The grape must has been bought to be used for the supermarket wines under another label. This wine will be sold in the UK and Poland. The must taste considerably of lesser quality ... read more >
Day Ten: The Coming of Autumn 05/10/2011 Autumn has already arrived. You can tell be the falling of the leaves from the trees and the browning of them on the vines. It is starting to get cold too and harder to stay out of bed. As part of the routine, I made my way to the winery and tasted each ... read more >
Shalom has his first experience of re-corking old wines from the deepest part of the Salomon cellars, and 1969 Grüner Veltliner. This brings back memories of when Bert Salomon showed up at my place in Melbourne for my 40th birthday with a case of 1962 Grüner Veltliner! Yes, a whole dozen, as he was not sure how many people were ... read more >
Day 8 - 03/10/2011 Another beautiful day in wine country. Sometimes, I wonder if it will ever get dark and cloudy. The temperature is expected to fall to 10 to 12 degree celcius this week. I can already feel a slight chill compared to the previous week. ... read more >