Harvest is now underway in what is a fairly strange year in the Tokaj region. While it was freezing cold for some days in March, nature seemed to have skipped spring, and April already brought temperatures as high as 25 °C [77 °F], which sent vines growing with unprecedented vigour. Flowering was over by the end of May and a hot, dry summer ensured that things did not slow down until early August. Mád-based Holdvölgy was one of the first to start the harvest of Zéta grapes for a light, carbonated wine on 14th August, but some started it on 13th.
What also makes this vintage special is the fact that most of the varieties are ripening at the same time, which poses a logistics challenge to most producers. Grapes are generally very healthy and 2018 currently looks like a dry wine year, but there are enough grapes out there to be left on the vine for botrytis as well.