Spring days of wine and roses at Hahndorf Hill

I never know whether Spring reminds me of Champagne or whether Champagne reminds me of Spring – but they both leave me with a light-headed sense of joy and pleasure. What I do know is that I would be eternally grateful to anyone who decides to produce a sparkling Gruner Veltliner, as I strongly suspect that this variety has all the ingredients to make a scintillating bubbly!

Until that happens, I will continue to muse on this delicious topic as I work away in the vineyard.

Seeing that I do not make a bubbly, I’ve decided to capture for you an alternative hedonistic pleasure – that of spring roses. Images of roses in and around our vineyard, where their only purpose is that of beauty and pleasure.

Hahndorf Hill and Blaufrankisch and roses

Madam Alfred Carriere and Blaufrankisch vines

This first pic is of a rose variety with the magical name of Madame Alfred Carriere, which is a climbing rose. In the background is the Blaufrankisch block. Double-click on the image to enjoy it in all its glory!




Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner and roses

Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot, Lamarque and Gruner Veltlier vines

The next image is a blushing pink beauty called Souvenir  de Mme Leonie Viennot (roughly translated to ‘memory of Ms Leonie Viennot’) plus the shy white head of Lamarque, partly hidden by green leaves. The vineyard in the background is Gruner Veltliner.




Hahndorf Hill Sauvignon Blanc and roses

David Austin’s Belle Storey and Sauvignon Blanc vines

The next pic is a combination of French lavender and David Austen’s Belle Story, with the Sauvignon Blanc in the background.





Biodynamic vineyard at Hahndorf Hill

Herbs and grasses under-vine at Hahndorf Hill

And finally, Spring is the time of explosive growth in the vineyard – not only of the vines, but also of the herbs and grasses beneath the vines. Hopefully, by the next posting I will have mowed this down a bit so that it looks more presentable. But biodynamic farming is not meant to be tidy!



Here’s wishing you all an invigorating Spring with much fun, friends and good food!

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