Author: Dr. Rolf Klein

A tractor driving through a grapevine harvesting

Man vs machine: Harvesting machines in the winemaking industry

Plowing, harrowing, sowing and harvesting: Machines have been part and parcel of agriculture for a long time. Everything from tractors to GPS-guided combine harvesters is simply an essential part of rural life. Harvesting machines are also used in the winemaking industry, yet winelovers tend to block this from their minds. We prefer to imagine that our wine is produced using...

A field with grapevines

Drones: winegrowers’ airborne assistants

Employees at the Services Center in Trier responsible for the Moselle Valley have been testing the use of drones in spraying operations for viticulture for quite some time. Last year they had some very promising results. And trials are also being conducted in the Rheingau and Baden-Württemberg.

Eine Snackplatte mit verschiedenen Weinen

Wine: In vino veritas – but some misconceptions, too!

Even James Bond knew that errors could be deadly when it comes to wine: A true Brit would never have ordered red wine with fish! That’s how enemy agent Grant (“From Russia with Love”) gave himself away – making that the last meal of his life. A good knowledge of wine can be helpful even outside the movies.

Wine bottles art

Themed week Product Safety: Wine – inspections are a must

Trust is good, but control is better. It does, however, apply particularly well to food and beverages: After all, the temptation to cheat looms large with manufacturers. When it comes to wine, inspections ensure the favorite drink of Bacchus complies with regulations.

PIWI-Rebsorten

Themed Week Resources: PIWIs – The Grape Varieties of the Future?

“Maréchal Foch”, “Regent”, “Solaris”: Perhaps you’ve heard of them or maybe even given them a try? These unusual names denote fungus-resistant grape varieties, affectionately nicknamed PIWIs. They are more abundant than many people would think and have many advantages over traditional grape varieties. Despite this they remain largely unknown on the market.

Verschlüsse für Weinflaschen

Put a cork in it

Merely keeping bottles sealed? That was yesterday! Now closures for wine bottles have to meet more stringent requirements. Are we on the road to “smart” closures?