The German Winegrowers' Association (DWV) and the German Wine Institute (DWI) are asking for donations for the winegrowers in the Ahr region who have been affected by the flood disaster. In Ahrweiler, but also in the surrounding villages such as Mayschoß and Dernau, the masses of water have swept away barrels, wine bottles and machines, destroying wine-growing businesses and livelihoods. Residential buildings, wineries and vineyards were severely damaged in some cases, barrels, tanks and technical equipment were washed away or are unusable. According to the DWI, it will probably take a few weeks before it will be possible to put more precise figures on how many wineries have been affected and how badly, and what the extent of the catastrophe is for the region with its 563 hectares of vineyards.
Many winegrowers from different growing areas are already on site with forklifts, vineyard tractors or pumps to save what can still be saved. Outside helpers are also being deployed for the urgently needed vineyard work to secure the upcoming vintage. The DWI is currently bundling the many offers of help and donations on its website and wants to collect donations itself and with its foreign agencies.
"Help the affected winegrowers' families by making a donation to the Rural Relief Fund of the Rhineland-Nassau Farmers' and Winegrowers' Association. Here it is ensured that your donation will especially benefit our fellow winegrowers in the Ahr region," is DWV President Klaus Schneider's appeal.
Donation account of the Farmers' Relief Fund
Keyword "Heavy rain disaster
IBAN number DE46 5776 1591 0124 0807 01
at the Volksbank RheinAhrEifel