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The first time I harvested grapes for Clos de Trias was for four days in 2012. I spent two weeks at the vineyard in each of the following three years. In 2016, I supported the entire harvest cycle for seven weeks and in 2017 I spent my entire annual vacation there – a total of four weeks. 2018 and 2019 I supported harvest at Frank John, Palatinate. Thomas Plackner, Würzburg, educated me in pruning 2020.
Though arduous, to me working in the vineyards means supreme relaxation. It is a joy to experience the breathtaking sunrises and the chilly early morning air that come noon gives way to the warming rays of the sun. All the while I revel in the pristine landscape around us as well as in the knowledge that I am making a positive contribution to the final product. I do my morning’s work with the hopeful expectation of the interesting lunchtime chats I will have with harvest hands from all over the world. Although I am not too fond of working at the riddling table in the afternoons, I have come to accept that it is an essential element of quality assurance. I stand one hundred percent behind the philosophy regarding ecological, sustainable farming. The wines enchant my palate. I look after the German-speaking market for Frank John and Thomas Plackner out of passion and friendship. In the beginning of 2021, my huge support for Clos de Trias ended.