Saturday 22 December 2018

The Award for Neatest Vineyard

These photos aren't very good. They were taken from a moving vehicle on the motorway as we sped home after a nice lunch in the village of Grono, in the Swiss Italian speaking Calanca Valley. I like them because they show the most beautiful neat and orderly little vineyard imagineable. The rows are terraced because the land is extremely steep -- so much more practical that the vertical rows on hillsides one sees in many places. Grono, at the head of the valley, is the warmest place in Switzerland so these vines thrive. As does the palm tree in the middle of the plot. And yet above the vineyard you can see the local road, with its cloister like avalanche protection.

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