Ploughing a vineyard by horse


One of the more unusual developments in winemaking has been the re-introduction of ploughing by horse. The horses work a busy seven to eight hours a day and it typically takes 18 hours to plough a single hectare of vines; two trips are made for a full row of vines, so that each side of the vine has had the soil lifted and turned for aeration and water access. This film was made at the famous Maison M. Chapoutier in the northern Rhone, France.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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