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Germany’s wine country in jeopardy because of giant new bridge

on 04/05/11 at 10:11 am

Booze News

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Opponents of a controversial giant bridge to be built through Germany’s historic wine country have expressed their disappointment after state coalition talks this week resulted in the bridge receiving the green light.

Pro-Mosel, a group of winemakers, businesspeople and residents of western Germany’s scenic Mosel Valley, said they were shocked by the outcome of the talks, which took place late on Monday.

“Residents of the area as well as numerous holidaymakers from across Germany expressed disappointment and even dismay over the result of the coalition negotiations, which foresees the continuation of works on the bridge,” it said.

The group was angered in particular by the Green party, which had campaigned during hard-fought elections in Rhineland-Palatinate state in March against the four-lane motorway crossing, yet performed a u-turn in this week’s talks.

Opponents to the bridge say the project will not only spoil the scenery around the popular tourist destination, it could damage the delicate alchemy of the vineyards’ steep slopes, drainage and exposure to the sun which helps create the region’s celebrated Rieslings.

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