I happened to be driving to Vevey this week on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and was passing through the village of Chexbres. I was a little surprised when a helicoptor flew right over me spraying pesticides near the village onto the famous Lavaux vineyard terraces.
This sort of indiscriminate spraying of chemicals near populated areas really gets my goat! I know it is tougher for winemakers but lets see organic, biodynamic or even natural winemaking in action. Just look at what has happened to the water table in Champagne with extreme contamination caused by vineyard chemicals and the effects of low rainfall this year.
I am surprised the Swiss authorities allow this given the high environmental standards in the country. Rant over!