Through A Lens: In The Vineyards

The vineyards in Binzen and the Basel skyline in the haze behind.

The vineyards in Binzen and the Basel skyline in the haze behind.

Having previously shared my love for autumn and discussed the benefits of long walks in nearby parks and nature, today's post is all about championing the region I grew up in, Baden in southwestern Germany, and its beautiful vineyards. During my week-long stay at home in the beginning of October, I made the most of my free time and surrounding nature and went for long walks/grape-picking on more than one occasion.

Baden is Germany's warmest and sunniest wine-growing region and is often called the 'Tuscany of Germany' – something that quickly becomes apparent when you brave its 40°C heat in the summer. Most grapes will have been picked and turned into wine by now – but some get left behind and will only be picked after the first frost, to produce a wine called 'ice wine'.

Autumnal walks in the vineyards are some of my favourite activities. If you happen to live nearby, it's also a great time to collect thistles, rosehip branches and other wild flowers to decorate your flat with. Where do you go for walks and what do you come across? Have you ever gone foraging?

Lilly Wolf