West Germany expects her greatest ever wine harvest this year. Estimates say it will be?
West Germany expects her greatest ever wine harvest this year. Estimates say it will be approximately 30 per cent higher than the record-breaking year of 1959. An ever-increasing problem to wine growers is how to store the grape juice. A novel idea was thought of by imaginative Hermann Lorsch, owner of the "Weingut Lorsch" (Vineyard) in Bergzabern. He ordered large plastic balloons to be made - each capable of storing 50,000 litres of juice.
Never short of ideas, Herr Lorsch placed empty balloons in his swimming pool - filled with water - and than trucks arrived to pump their load of grape juice into the balloon. Once full,the large plastic container is easy to handle on the surface of the pool.
A special plastic foil inside the balloon keeps the grape juice completely tasteless, and the idea has been a great success. Herr Lorsch has also been using larger balloons capable of storing some 200,000 litres of juice.
In France too, the growers have a storage problem. In the Beaujolais district they had the idea of storing the grape juice in several disused water reservoirs in the surrounding villages.