Old Habits Die Hard

Like me, ever wondered how they harvest the grapes from the steep slopes of the Mosel? Were you also guilty of thinking there would be some hi-tech agricultural machine to pluck them from the vines and crate them up all in one continuous process? It seems not, and the grapes are still pretty much tended and harvested by hand has they have been since the Romans first introduced the fruit to Germany. As far as I know, the only real labour saving devices being used are those funky monorail thingies to transport the harvesters up the slopes and the crates of grapes down, plus there is a “Raupe” which does some scraping, planting and trimming. Other than that, it is good old elbow grease.

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