The hot, sunny summer of 1976 has brought more than sun-tans and forest fires to West Germany.
GV PAN Bernkastel vineyards and town, West Germany
SCU PULL BACK TO SV People picking grapes (2 shots)
GV People picking grapes
CU AND MV Young girl picking grapes (2 shots)
SV AND GV Man carries back-container of grapes and empties them into tractor (2 shots)
SV Man packing grapes into trailer
GVs INTERIOR Grapes being emptied into crushing machine (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR People testing wine
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Background: The hot, sunny summer of 1976 has brought more than sun-tans and forest fires to West Germany.
SYNOPSIS: The months of constant sunshine and heat have produced a grape harvest on the steep slopes above the Mosel River at Bernkastel, that is expected to yield one of the highest quality wine vintages for many years.
The winegrowers along the Mosel have again been helped in the harvest by soldiers from the British Army of the Rhine and from units in Britain itself.
For the last 17 years British soldiers have been employed by the Germans in bringing in the grape crop. They work from dawn to dusk clambering up and down the steep slopes to bring 100 pound (45 killogrammes) hods of grapes to the presses. Many of the soldiers have worked in the fields every summer for several years, spending their leave on a working holiday.
Not since 1921 have the Riesling grapes of the Bernkastel area been so rich in sugar content, and the grape juice now fermenting in hundreds of cellars is predicted to produce high quality auslese and beeren-auslese wines. Some wine-makers believe they'll produce a very rare trocken-beeren-auslese which can cost up to 100 pounds (165 dollars US) a bottle.