A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Batschka Vineyards

Gakowa Vineyards

Almost everyone kept a barrel in stock; some, who had vineyards, made the wine themselves; others, bought it from "Batina", a village cradled close to the Danube.  In the Fall, we eagerly awaited "Weinlese" (harvesting of the grapes), which was also an annual affair.  My Grandfather, Nikolaus Brandt, had a sizeable vineyard not far from Gakowa.  When the time for "Weinlese" came, he called all of us to help.  For us kids it only meant fun and play.  The only work we did was eat - grapes and more grapes.  The older folks each had a container and a knife and proceeded to cut off the clusters of pearls from their beds on the grapevine.

As soon as the container was filled to the brim, it was emptied into large barrels and delivered to the house on a horse-drawn wagon.  There, Grandmother, Julianna, cooked a big meal, and we all sat around the large table and received our reward for the help.  A truly rewarding picture to see is the sunny slopes striped with tall vines jeweled by clusters of bursting grapes - ripe with sweetness.  The care and attention a vineyard needs, keeps one quite busy during most of the year.  The rain and wind tear down vines, which have to be bound up again.  About three times a year, the vines had to be sprayed to prevent  destruction from harmful insects.

Courtesy of Katherine Flotz "Gakowa Memories"

Seketsch Vineyards

The vineyards of Seketsch are hard call in quantitative as well as qualitative respects, nevertheless the owners made all possible efforts with them.  The vineyards are also often filled with fruit trees such as apple, pear, sour cherry, nut, and peach trees. Seketsch Ortsippenbuch


[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr]