Friday, September 14, 2012

From the Juffer-Sonnenuhr to the juffrou

I've been spreading the word far and wide about my holiday; about the wines, the vineyards, the food and hospitality, the history and culture, and just the fact that there's more out there than my little world.

I've visited and worked in many wine regions, from Marlborough, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Tuscany, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Ynez Valley and more recently Champagne, Mosel and Stellenbosch - which I call home -  and yet nowhere have I seen anything like the vines in the Mittel Mosel region.

Hosts Weingut Karp-Schreiber's steepest vines on the Juffer ("spinster") mountain grows at slopes of up to 80°. In retelling this fact, no-one believed me and it sounded to extreme that I started doubting my memory too. I have many photos yet none do the steep slopes justice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Amazing Mosel: in short

Six years ago I became friends with a Spanish girl in New Zealand and last week I met her in Germany to travel together France.

It still boggles my mind.

I spent two absolutely amazing weeks visiting the Loco Amiga in Brauneberg, a small town in the wine region of the Mittel Mosel. On the way to the airport she asked me if my visit was what I had hoped, and I only evaluated my expectations then.

I left just wanting to get away. I wanted to sleep late, switch off, enjoy wine with lunch and sit in the late afternoon sun with nowhere to go. I wanted to escape the daily humdrum and be caught up in the unfamiliar. So yes, my holiday was all that I could have wished for.

10 things in short:

Random windows in Brauneberg