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April 29, 2010



once again a remarkable reportage, Bert, I communicated it immediately on facebook and twitter - it's a pity, that the Voges are so far from Lisson - it's just what we would need here - we tried ourselves, so I know all the stories about finding the tools and so on, but we were never successful in working with our horse on the steep hillsides and small terraces - it needs a real horseman, like Francis, to do so and we weren't...

Steve L.

Neat story!

Brian Smith

Do you have any resources for horse drawn vineyard equipment in the US?


For your next visit in Montlouis sur Loire, we will be pleased to present to you our horse, working in our vineyard.


great article, thank you, I am evaluating converting to and using draft horses for vineyard management in Australia. I believe it will happen as I can see so may upsides, I just need to work through whether I can cover all viti operations using horses in a 1.5m row vineyard. The most challenging seems to be how I carry out spring and summer spraying. Vineyard is already biodynamic BUT I've got some significant equipment modifications ahead of me. I also know that Pontet Canet (BDX) have several Normandy breed horses working their vineyards, (1 horse/8 acres I am lead to believe). Anyway, great stuff and thank you once again, Rusty. PS My grandfather used Clydes many years ago, he has long since passed away, oh to draw from his experiences…I'm hoping its in my blood :)

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