Wing-growers of West Germany's Mosel region, worried by recent snaps of sharp frost, are being helped in a hurried harvest of their grape-yield by 200 British troops stationed in the area.
GV & SV Locals pick grapes (3 shots)
SV British soldier emptying bucket of grapes
SV PAN Soldier empties grapes into large barrel
SV & CU INT Grapes forked into revolving crusher (4 shots)
CU & MV Soldier and local testing wine and approving (2 shots)
SV Soldier being shown how to label bottles
Initials BB/1759 CG/BOB/BB/1825
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Wing-growers of West Germany's Mosel region, worried by recent snaps of sharp frost, are being helped in a hurried harvest of their grape-yield by 200 British troops stationed in the area.
At one stage, the growers feared that the sudden arrival of the frost would destroy large sections of the crops on the lower slopes--but with the help of the soldiers, the grapes are being plucked from the vines in time to avert a major catastrophe.
This is the fifteenth year that British troops have helped with the harvest. Their action is purely voluntary: released from normal duties, the soldiers live with German families and are paid for their labour.
SYNOPSIS: Bernkastel, in the picturesque Mosel region of West Germany, was recently the scene of great consternation--when local wine-growers were hit by the sudden advent of winter frost. There were fears that much of this year's grape crop could not be gathered in time...then, two-hundred British troops stationed nearby came to the rescue. And, thanks to their efforts, the harvest is now safe.
Wine from the Mosel region is renowned for its excellence throughout the world. But nineteen-seventy-two will not be remembered by the connoisseurs as a good year. This autumn has seen prolonged dry weather in West Germany, and experts say the quality of the grape harvest is likely to be the worst for many years. Matters would have been worse, if British troops hadn't moved in to save the crop from the frost.
This is the fifteenth year that soldiers from Britain have helped in the Mosel harvesting. Their action is purely voluntary...the work is hard and long, but they are paid for their efforts in cash. They are also accommodated and fed in great style by the grateful wine-growers.