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AP Photos: To pick German wine, workers tread steep slopes

October 3, 2018
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In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo winegrower Philipp Franzen carries a 40 kg heavy pannier with grapes through the steep Calmont vineyard over he Mosel river in Bremm, Germany. The slope is considered to be among the steepest in Europe, with inclines of up to 70 degrees. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BREMM, Germany (AP) — When the grapes are ripe in the vineyards along Germany’s Mosel river, it’s all hands to harvest.

They include 92-year-old Maria Lauxen, who has been snipping bunches of plump Riesling grapes from the vines for decades.

Lauxen and her fellow harvesters in the Calmont region work along a precipitous slope — considered to be among the steepest in Europe, with inclines of up to 70 degrees.

The sturdiest workers can load their panniers with up to 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of grapes before placing the fruit on a monorail cart that takes it down to the wineries.

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