With the introduction of the rauper, the steepest of vineyards can now be accessed by machinery. Last year I decided to replant two vineyards at a south-orientated site called Steffensberg. Here are some images and footage of the young riesling vines. I would like to thank the owner of the footage who proudly posted it on his own website;)
The new rows were orientated with string to guide the driver whilst planting the new vines. At 30s you’ll hear “oh, shit” in German – I feared at that point we didn’t have enough vines for the two sites (thankfully, everything worked out).
At 2mins you’ll see the vineyard 3 months after planting. The vines seemed to feel right at home. We focused on root establishment in the first year. In 2011 we’ll continue to focus on soil health as well as growing a straight and healthy cane (which will become the trunk next year).