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The Creation of a German Vineyard in the 1920s


During a recent search through European archives I came across fascinating images in Joseph Goerge’s  Der Rotweinbau an der Ahr (1928). [1] A portion of this book chronicles the creation of a new vineyard.  This process involved clearing an oak forest, blasting out sections of hillside, building terraces, manuring the soil, and planting the vines.  A phenomenal amount of labor was required!  I have selected a subset of the images for this post.  Please click on an image for higher resolution or visit the links I have provided for the best quality.

The conversion of a stunted oak forest.

The conversion of a stunted oak forest.

Partially finished sections of vineyard.

Partially finished sections of vineyard.

Creating terrace walls in a new vineyard.

Creating terrace walls in a new vineyard.

Digging foundation 1-1.2 meters deep.

Digging foundation 1-1.2 meters deep.

Aligning the stakes and training the vines.

Aligning the stakes and training the vines.

Women bending the vines.

Women bending the vines.

At work.

At work.


[1] Goerges, Joseph. Der Rotweinbau an der Ahr. 1928. dlibri Rheinland-Pfalz.  URL: http://www.dilibri.de/rlb/content/titleinfo/527793

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