Italian Vineyard Hit by Rockslide Is Owned by Servite Order

A one-thousand-tonne boulder that tore through a vineyard in northern Italy has caused hundreds of thousands of euros-worth of damage, the estate manager has said.

On January 21 at 8:15 p.m., a couple living in a farmhouse in northern Italy got the scare of their lives, as giant boulders came tumbling down the mountainside in Tramin, near Trento in Italy.

The boulders–the largest totalling 300 cubic metres (more than 14,000 cubic feet)–demolished a barn and stopped just a few feet from the 300-year-old farmhouse which they lease from the Servite Order convent of Maria Luggau.  The Servite Order is one of five original mendicant (begging) religious orders in the Catholic Church, and members have a special devotion to Mary under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Three enormous boulders as well as smaller stones careened down the mountainside, crushing grapevines on the Freisinger Hof vineyard estate, one of 280 small growers which produce grapes  for Cantina Tramin.   The grapes are made into a variety of wines including Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Lagrein and Gewurztraminer.

Baron Philipp von Hohenbuhal, manager of the estate, reported that four hectares (nearly ten acres) of mature vines were destroyed, with early estimates of damage reaching into hundreds of thousands of euros.  Von Hohenbuhel seemed resigned following the catastrophe, saying that his team would simply roll up their sleeves and begin to clean up.

It might be prudent to wait a while to begin that clean-up:  Italian geologists predict that another 500 to 600 meters of rock could still break loose from the cliff.

Early reports showed photos of the destruction; but now, a camera mounted on a drone has captured some incredible close-up shots of the scene.

Baron Philipp von Hohenbuhel told decanter.com that tenants on the Freisinger Hof vineyard estate in Tramin, near Trento in northern Italy, had a lucky escape when several boulders came hurtling towards their their property from the mountainside above.

One boulder weighing 400 cubic metres ripped straight through a farm building at the estate, which is owned by the Servite Order convent of Maria Luggau.

Another came to a halt just a few feet from the main property, occupied by a married couple. ‘They got away with a bad fright,’ said von Hohenbuhel, who is the delegate charged with overseeing the estate.

A total of four hectares of vines were flattened during the rock fall, which happened on 21 January at 8:15pm.

‘It is too early to say the exact costs of the damage, but it runs into hundreds of thousands of euros,’ von Hohenbuhel said. ‘Now, we will do our best to roll up our sleeves and begin to clean up.’

Grapes from Fresinger Hof are sent to Cantina Tramin, which gathers grapes from 280 small growers to produce a range of wines, including Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Lagrein.
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/584771/runaway-boulder-crashes-through-italian-vineyard#abCHczjBKmBf7i5o.99

A one-thousand-tonne boulder that tore through a vineyard in northern Italy has caused hundreds of thousands of euros-worth of damage, the estate manager has said.
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/584771/runaway-boulder-crashes-through-italian-vineyard#abCHczjBKmBf7i5o.99
A one-thousand-tonne boulder that tore through a vineyard in northern Italy has caused hundreds of thousands of euros-worth of damage, the estate manager has said.
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/584771/runaway-boulder-crashes-through-italian-vineyard#abCHczjBKmBf7i5o.99

  • nannon31

    WOW!!! Most fascinating post of the year award in my view. That boulder that stopped short of the residence is mercy to the nth degree. I think God is asking them to leave for safety sake and take the loss and asking the Servites to release them from the lease. I periodically tell myself here on the NY harbor that a dirty bomb from Al Qaeda could obliterate our real estate asset unless I check into terrorism insurance ( chemical warfare is excluded from normal insurance). Now I’m more motivated. If God permits physical tragedy to the Servites, then this area I’m in can also be afflicted. I have to redo the insurance soon anyway.
    Stunning post. Thanks.

    • http://www.google.com/ haydesigner

      I think if there was a god… he would have made sure the boulders never crashed into the buildings in the first place.

      Honestly, the mental gymnastics that religious people do sometimes to “justify” their belief is mind boggling.


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