THE LIFE OF A WINEGROWER looks totally different today than it would have thirty or forty years ago; most sales are managed digitally, communications are transmitted via smartphone, and the calendar is filled with appointments.
The one thing that makes my occupation so special and so rewarding is the daily immersion in nature. Deadlines and a fevered pace lose their impact as I make my way through the rows of grapevines. The slow but steady development of the plants – from bud-break to the fully ripened clusters – this brings a sense of composure and harmony to one’s life. And within this world, every vineyard moves at its own pace: changes in the weather have different effects, depending on the varied geology of the individual vineyards, while the vegetation cycle differs according to exposition and the point of maturity depends upon the hours of sunshine – with this, the individual wines take on distinct personalities. And every year this gradual but consistent development is, once more, a fascinating experience.
What a privilege it is, to be a winegrower!