In 2019, the Laurent & Rita Kox estate was the first to trial drones to (organically) treat its vines (see Vinorama no. 5). This year, six other estates are now keen to try out the technology.
Lockdown cost winemakers all their catering sector orders and the gradual easing of restrictions (under which all festivals are still cancelled) has not prompted a spectacular recovery. For wine estates, damage limitation has been contingent on catching private customers’ attention.
Wine stores and merchants have been hard hit by Covid too. However, like winemakers, those that have adapted to the new situation have managed to limit the damage. Arnaud Vaingre (Vinoteca in Luxembourg City) and Agnès and Sébastien Rouillaux (Craft et Compagnie also in Luxembourg City) look back at this…
Like the rest of the population, winemakers are feeling the full force of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although they continue to work in their vineyards and cellars, they are concerned about being forced to cease contact with their customers.