Vineyards and Grapes

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 01, 2018 2066 views

Yesterday was the last sunny day before more days of thunderstorms will come. The temperature fell from overwhelming African heat to almost chilling Nordic temperatures. We spent the last Friday photographing vineyards and grapes. Lutzmannsburg is well known for red wine, but there are a few vineyards with white grapes too.

There are three types of vineyards: the well groomed – I call it Elfi’s style - vineyards with perfectly shaped bunches of grapes, the usual well kept vineyards with normal grapes and the overgrown and forgotten shrubberies with hidden raisins. The perfect vineyards are complicated to photograph. I will never know, where to begin taking pictures, because there will be everywhere another beauty begging to be photographed. And there are the overgrown shrubberies, which are a nightmare for every winemaker with some self respect, but an eye catching sight for photographers. In the end winemakers won't like my pictures, because there will be always something imperfect (a colored leaf, a dried grape ...), which is an visual addition to make a picture more interesting – at least it’s my point of view.

The weather wasn’t perfect, the light was constantly changing and it was complicated to take good photographs. A thunderstorm was slowly building up clouds, some cold wind began to blow and the light was fading. We drove "up" and through the “Weingebirge”, which is only a low hill, but provides a spectacular view right into Hungary.

Viewpoint http://bit.ly/2owO6QW

Viewpoint http://bit.ly/2owO6QW

Where is your vineyard? Right of the lookout point ...

Where is your vineyard? Right of the lookout point ...

Where is your vineyard? Left of the "Holy Trinity" ...

Where is your vineyard? Left of the "Holy Trinity" ...

St. Veit Church - http://bit.ly/2Q1PkQO

St. Veit Church - http://bit.ly/2Q1PkQO

Where the raisins grow ...

Where the raisins grow ...

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Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

Great series. They are quite beautiful and make for a lovely story.

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Scribe 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you!
A beautiful, intoxicating set. 
Austria's violet fields of euphoria grapes

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 2 years, 2 months ago

Austrians are well known legal drug producers and sellers! wink wine glass

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David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

Just showing my ignorance; I never realised there were such large flat plains in Austria... it's easy for people who don't know (like me) always to associate it with mountains. #16 - are you sure that's Austria - it looks like Lincolnshire!

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Victoria I. Strohschneider Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

We don't have that many large flat plains. It is mainly Burgenland, Vienna and parts of Lower Austria.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

The eastern part - Burgenland - is the youngest state of Austria. It was until 1921 the western part of Hungary. And yes, it's almost a plain - seems I would like Lincolnshire! thumbsup 
The largest "hill" - Geschriebenstein https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geschriebenstein - is nearby Hirschenstein, which I described in the last post. The biggest part of Austria - just my opinion! - is not a livable habitat for humans but for chamois and ibex. joy 
#16 - only the vineyards (it's really called Weingebirge - "wine mountain"!) are part of Austria. The villages are in Hungary. Until 1989 there was nearby the barb wired fence, followed by the so called "death zone" and further inside Hungarian territory another wall and watchtowers.

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David Swatton Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

The death zone... difficult to believe it's only 30 years ago.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 2 months ago

It's also difficult to believe that someone like Orban is the new far right dictator ...

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Ready to be harvested any moment now. Love the different points of view and the resolution of the images. Well done Sigrid 🍇

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

The planned to start harvesting yesterday. Now it's raining cats and dogs - now and then even a cow and a horse is coming down. We are drowning at the moment - my mother has an suspicious eye on our really small creek right in the front of our door - it has from time to time this maniac ideas to become something like the danube for a couple of hours. Today should have been a big horse show - I'm sure only seahorses would have survive it.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

hahahaha. Love your vivid imagination dear friend

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Ram Ya 2 years, 2 months ago

#1 Love the sharpness, this is meant to be shown in full-screen! 
It looks amazing on my big screen monitor grinning

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks! blush
Zilla, my new camera, surprises me all day long. There are so many possibility to explore. My husband had chosen the right camera as a birtday gift.
Btw I wish, I could send you some bottles of this fantastic wine ...

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

That would be wonderful! Thanks for thinking of me grinning 
I've never heard of Zilla. Do you have a link?

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 2 months ago

joy It's the nickname for my Nikon D750!
https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2018/07/06/i-call-her-zilla/
Sorry for misleading you!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful series! Love the colors, compositions, variety, landscapes and perfect imperfections! Lovely throughout!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks! blush 
I couldn't stop myself. Actually Roland photgraphed in the same vineyards and the pictures are complete different - I'm always surprised about the different outcome. Roland was obviously searching for the perfect grape and found a lot of them!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice, that between the two of you, all bases are covered!!! (((grin)))

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

The wine from that area is good,had it one time.It was Hungarian. Love the pics of the grapes.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes the vine is just  ... mmmmhh - I love the colors and the finished product wink

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