Year 2017 was a year of extremes. All started in the winter with a frost and snow, which are very rare in our area. Luckily vines are not very sensitive so no harm was made. Frost and snow actually helped to reduce the number of pests and established a good balance of pests in vineyards. After the harsh winter, springtime started with no surprises. In the time of early development of vines the temperatures were average but in that period the precipitation was above average. The development of grapevines was fast and lush, their condition was excellent. The need for usage of preparations, used in Biodynamics, was minimal. The summer was the exact opposite, the amount of rainfall was very low. Temperatures were high, around 30 Degrees Celsius, and in combination with the wind it led to strong evaporation and drought. The result was all vineyards were suffering from drought. The conditions of that time led to deforestation and reduction of crops. On the contrary, the grapes were successfully maturing. The sugar rate and the extract were increased. Due to extreme drought the grapes were ripe already three weeks earlier than usual. We started harvesting the last week in August.