Among the Vines
Pre-empting the forthcoming ban (due to take effect on 1 January 2021), Marc Desom (Desom Estate and Cellars in Remich) has not used a drop of glyphosate in his vineyards for the past four years. However, in his view, not even this step strikes at the heart of the matter. What really interests him is to plan and work towards ensuring that the connection between soil and plant is as naturally balanced as possible.
In partnership with Luxaviation, Corinne Kox (Laurent & Rita Kox estate in Remich) took an important first step for European winemakers last year by treating a number of parcels using a drone. This solution offers great potential, but also requires some fine tuning.
The prestigious Grevenmacher estate was the first to send out its harvesters. As early as Wednesday 11 September, seasonal workers were wielding their secateurs on the “Fels”, a very fine terroir overlooking the medieval town. They were tasked with an initial sweep through the vineyards to harvest grapes for crémants.
It’s spring and the time has come to plant the vines. In Schengen, on the Markusberg, Frank Keyser (Domaine Keyser-Kohll by Kohll-Reuland) has decided to invest in Chardonnay, a grape variety perfectly suited to this terroir and one he’ll be able to use in many different ways (still wine, crémant, cuvée blends, etc.).
The harvest naturally represents the highpoint of the year for winegrowers – the point
where everything is at stake. But you shouldn’t believe that, after this peak of stress, they take things easy. Vines always demand attention, even in winter. For Roger Demuth, Vice-President of Vinsmoselle, it can even be considered to be the best time.