On my way home from Montreux I’d like to send you some warm greetings from this french-speaking city in Switzerland beautifully nestled on the shore of Lake Geneva.
Foremost, Montreux is world famous for its Jazz Festival that takes place every July here. It will be the 54th edition in 2020.
But it is December now and Christmas is the most present topic when you stroll along the shore where you find a Christmas market with a view and everything you fancy. Read more
How are you today?
Can you believe it is December and also the last month of this series on grapevines over the seasons? It has been such a journey for this awesome plant, don’t you agree? Feel free to wonder at it (all over again) by clicking on each month’s unveiling: October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February.
I got so lucky to see the beauty of a vineyard while it was snowing. Everything was so silent and magical in a very special way. I hope you can feel it, too, through this post.
Given you celebrate Christmas, do you have a special name for December in your language?
We do in Switzerland. It is called Adventszyt in Swiss German or Adventszeit in German. This special time of the year starts with December 1st this year. That is today, hooray!
We have a tradition to make what is known as Adventskranz – Advent wreath – and light a new candle every Sunday for four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Or rather grapes :-), because the harvest season has finally come. Hooray!
The header shows an image of the mind-boggling forest in the area (crossed by power lines in the foreground…) and the neighbour’s vineyard, which is very neat and tidy as is normal for conventional grown grapes.
The organic vineyard all my photos of this series come from is much wilder, more diverse, and of course gentle with the environment.Read more
Autumn is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere and the Engadin in Switzerland transforms into a unique spectacle now. Read more
The vineyard has become colourful. Its leaves show us that the days have a bit shortened, cool to cold night temperatures are the regular and mornings may come with dew.
We have arrived in autumn, dear readers, and the grapes are almost ready to be picked. Mid-September is the time many winegrowers start harvesting their grapes. On the vineyard we have an eye on since February, it will only take place in October. That means, we can enjoy this bountiful crop a little longer.
Have you missed this series so far? Read all posts by clicking on each month to wonder at the changing of the seasons in an organic vineyard in Switzerland. February, March, April, May, June, July, August.