Over the past several years, winemakers in Luxembourg have been taking steps to adapt to climate change. As evidence of this trend, they’ve even started planting Merlot.
Since late February, three Ouessant sheep have been grazing and gambolling among the vines on the Häremillen wine estate. This was the idea of winemaker, Michèle Mannes, who is hoping to expand her flock and, if everything goes to plan, introduce them to some of her more steeply sloping parcels.
This year, Jeff Konsbrück (Winery Jeff Konsbrück in Ahn), was one of the first winemakers to start harvesting. He opted not to over-ripen his grapes and make the most of the last days of good weather in September. In hindsight, it was not an unwise decision…
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….