Vine lodges are the witnesses of the ancient Champenois viticultural practices. They dotted the landscape of small settlements. These vine lodges, little vineyard buildings constructed by winegrowers of the past, were mainly used as shelter or a place of storage. They are linked to the terroir, to its history, and contribute to the Champenois vineyard landscape. To preserve this history we have started the restoration of our family cabin.
The inventory of the vine lodges, executed by the “Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims” over the past two years, has led to the identification of this exceptional building heritage (almost 120 edifices). It revealed above all that these cabins are today severely threatened by the streamlining organization of the viticultural production and by the vineyard transformations induced by real estate pressures.
Given this fact, and in accordance with their charter ‘Target 2020’ (see page 3), the Regional Natural Park has wanted to add value and raise awareness of vine lodge owners in a photographic exhibition. Siméon Levaillant, chosen for this assignment, offers a new artistic and documentary view on this endangered heritage as well as the vineyard landscape. The exhibition is enriched by audio testimonials recorded during the memory collection conducted among winegrowers by the Villa Bissinger of Aÿ, a contributing partner. An opportunity for everyone to delve into their memories and return to the not-so-distant past. Thank you to the whole team of the parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims. Story by Caroline Jouret (journalist) and Yves Biron (JRI) – Broadcasted Friday 5 October 2012 in the 12/13 and the 19/20 news edition. www.france3champagneardenne.fr 20121005