In Champagne everything is harvested by hand in order not to risk that the must is coloured by the blue (red) grapes. But last year discuss begun about the possibility of introducing machine harvest in the region. The reason was that the government greatly increased employer contributions for seasonal workers. But the problem is that so far there is no harvesting machine that can ensure that all grapes are kept unbroken.
But the champagne growers have not given up hope. And perhaps such a harvester can become a reality in the near future. Research is ongoing and harvester manufacturers are intent on solving the problem. It should not be rocket science, right?
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