Wine letter 2022
Dear friends of Tschäpperli wines
2021 was the first year of the two-year conversion phase towards the certification of Tschäpperli as an organic farm under the Biosuisse bud label. With the wet weather in summer, it was a challenge to protect the vines from mildew. It is not only a matter of changing the plant protection products to use components approved for organic viticulture. A timely, variety-specific clearing of the leaves also plays an important role. Once again, it has been shown that leaf maintenance, in keeping with the weather conditions, helps to control mildew and supports the effect of the plant protection products.
If the area where the grapes are growing is kept as free as possible of leaves, the vineyard dries out faster and mildew infections spread less. An optimal balance between the intensity of growth and the grape yield is crucial for the resistance of the vines. In nutrient-poor soils, without the addition of mineral fertilizers, vines are generally more resistant and produce better grape quality. The wines become more intense, with a more complex character.
Although we also manage fungus-resistant vines at Tschäpperli, more crop protection is needed in a wet summer, especially if the plant protection products called for in organic viticulture are not used. With the full commitment of the Tschäpperli team, we have come through the year well, despite the adverse circumstances with regard to mildew.
A mild February and the very warm weather in the last week of March caused the vines to bud early. The freezing temperatures during the nights of April 6 and 7, 2021, therefore caused considerable damage. With regard to the 2021 Tschäpperli wine, we have about 50% of an average harvest in the cellar. The traditional varieties Riesling-Sylvaner, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris suffered greatly due to the freezing temperatures. This is because these varieties were already in an advanced state during the cold nights in April. In contrast, the damage to riesling and the new fungus-resistant (PIWI) grape varieties was less severe.
In 2021, our wines once again received various awards.
At the Mondial du Pinot 2021, the Pinot Noir Auslese 2019, Pinot Noir Hommage 2019 and the Blanc de Noir extra brut 2016 were awarded gold.
The Pinot Gris 2019 was chosen as the state wine of the two Basel regions among the white Basel-Landschaft specialties.
The management of Tschäpperliweine GmbH underwent a restructuring in 2021. As of January 1, 2022, Ueli Bänninger is now the chair of the management board of Tschäpperliweine GmbH. We are pleased to announce that Damian von Blarer has joined the management board. Dieter von Blarer has stepped down from the management board. Steffi Wirth and Dieter von Blarer will continue to actively support the further development of the Tschäpperli winery.
Despite the difficult weather-related circumstances in the 2021, we can once again offer some excellent wines. Good harvests in previous years also allow us to maintain the supply of most wines. At most, there will be shortages of red and white specialties. The Pinot Noir Auslese will in future be called Pinot Noir Rainli 1. Lage and will be made exclusively from grapes from our best Pinot noir vineyard.
We thank you for your loyalty to Tschäpperli, and we look forward to seeing you and talking with you at tastings, events or at the Saturday wine sales at the vineyard. If you are not able to visit us in person, we will be happy to take your wine order via our webshop at https://tschaepperliweine.ch.
Ulrich and Barbara Bänninger-Zurflüh
Steffi Wirth and Dieter von Blarer
Damian von Blarer