In the middle of October, the leaves are still green in this year 2016. Accompanied by my friend Cyril Roux, I’m at the rendezvous in Dambach-la-Ville. Cyril is a great wine lover and a sharp taster. This afternoon will be conducted eagerly, so we divided the tasks : Cyril will take notes and question the participants. I take pictures …

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Heading for the vineyard, following the horse …

Michel arrived with his mare Ophasia to transport the grapes after the harvest. And they trot in the alleys of the village to join the parcel of the « Bienheureuse ». The one-day harvesters follow in procession to the sound of the bell regularly waved by the Great Venerable.

Michel, leading his mare Ophasia to the vineyard. The members of the Confrérie walk with the harvesters of a day
With Michel and his mare Ophasia, on their way to the vineyard! The harvesters of a day follow behind with the members of the Confrérie …

Some are regulars: “we come from the North of France and it is the 3rd year! “

Others are coming from Finland, Australia or the USA. After a few explanations, the pruner snips go well, interspersed with taking photos to capture the moment.

The Great Venerable in good company : a grape harvester from Finland
The Great Venerable in the company of a grape harvester from Finland!

Do not miss the fantastic ride of the mare Ophasia

Lively and epic was the descent of the cart and the protagonists will be able to talk about it for a long time.

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Horse, cart, coachman and confreres rush down the steep slope at a speed that accelerates and accelerates again! At the price of acrobatic contortions, one of the confreres aboard the cart tries to squeeze the brake.
Horse, cart, coachman and confreres rush down the steep slope at a speed that accelerates and accelerates again! At the price of acrobatic contortions, one of the confreres aboard the cart tries to squeeze the brake.

Where these ladies press in the press …

Back to the village, the grapes must land in the winepress and the Great Venerable hires “strong arms” to create a human chain to pass the buckets. A shared work as in the Middle Ages.

Unloading the grapes: a human chain passes the buckets to the press ...
Unloading the grapes: a human chain passes the buckets to the press …

Then comes the crushing to which several ladies take part …

More pictures are available, you should definitely have a look at the full story …

What a pleasant day! The Confrérie des Bienheureux of Frankstein organizes two events every year in Dambach-la-Ville. One in the spring, to invite you to discover the aromas of granite wines, the other, in autumn, to harvest their vines. That is what we experienced today.

These event, like all those taking place on the Alsace wine route, are easily accessible from our gîtes des Remparts de Riquewihr or from our gîte Le Randonneur in La Vancelle.

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