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The German leg of the world rally championship was held in the Mosel valley and, to be honest, the feedback from winemakers left us speechless: cars mowing down old vineyards, winemakers not being able to go into the vineyards at this critical period of the year, hordes of spectators invading the vineyards (remember this is private property!) and leaving litter and feces and relieving themselves against farm porches, etc.
In the video here below, you see the future winner of this leg of the World Rally Competiont crashing through the vineyards.
Is this the best that the public and tourist authorities (who authorize this event) can do to promote the Mosel as an area of outstanding beauty (as Great Britain has successfully done over decades now) and develop a tourism focused on its unique cultural heritage, winemaking and food? We do hope not!
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