Tending, pruning, vine-training, harvesting and more
What happens year-round in a vineyard? How are wine and grape juice made? Children aged eight to ten can join “miniWënzer” to find out everything they need to know about viticulture, from care to harvest and the big “Hunnefeier” at the end of the season.
The vineyard where Laurence and Jutta guide the children lies almost hidden. A narrow path leads past an old mill and through a forest. It feels mysterious. Suddenly, the trees separate and we reach the small vineyard near Manternacher Fiels. Christelle, Lisa-Marie, Lena and Rafaele gather around Laurence Duhr and Jutta Kanstein, curious. What will they learn about today?
“Look, this is sheep’s wool. We’ll spread it on the ground around the vines,” says Laurence and hands the children some of the tangy-smelling wool. The kids inspect the wool with a magnifying glass and get going. The wool serves as mulch and organic long-term fertilizer as it naturally contains phosphorus. Some vines have small, wooden signs with the children’s names. Each miniWënzer member is responsible for their own vine. “You’re doing great!” says Laurence and smiles. She cuts off a piece of her dreadlocks and ties it to the end of a row of vines. She does the same for every row. “The hair keeps deer from nibbling on the vines. They won’t come within 300 metres when they sense humans,” she explains. The children are amazed.