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steepest vineyard

The steepness of vineyards is given in per cent (%) or degrees (°). However, the values given in many sources are often incorrect due to incorrect information or confusion between per cent and degree. At 45° this is converted to 100%, whereas 45% is only 24°. The impossible 100° (overhang) would result in 567% in purely mathematical terms. An inclination of 90° corresponds to a vertical wall. The real maximum values for vineyards are around 75° (373%); the 68° of the single vineyard Calmont in Bremm on the Moselle come very close to this limit (see picture below).

steilster Weinbeg - Calmont - Bremm an der Mosel mit 68°

In steep-slope viticulture on extremely steep slopes, often no conventional mechanical cultivation is possible, but only laborious manual labour with the help of special equipment. The vineyards are usually laid out in terraces with retaining walls and steps. Rope hoists or special caterpillar vehicles have to be used to maintain the vineyards, which can largely only be done manually. For this reason, traditional training systems such as single-pole training (Mosel stake training) are often used. In exposed areas, plant protection products are sprayed using helicopters, and materials, people and grapes are transported via monorack railways during the grape harvest.

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