Bernard Van Berg



Most Burgundian wine makers learn about wine through osmosis by growing up in a family of wine makers, being surrounded by the vineyards and hearing people talking about it throughout their upbringing.  Bernard van Berg on the other hand started his wine making career in his 50s as he retired from a long career in photography.  Over a lovely lunch, his wife Judith describes to me: ‘I was a city girl and we had children so it made sense to stay in the city but Bernard always dreamt of being in the country.  He was always good with plants.  We had the most beautiful balcony filled with plants.  He never killed even the smallest insect.  You know, he really loves nature.’  And so as the couple’s children grew up and moved on Judith knew she had to give Bernard his dream to work with nature.  The couple sold their home in Belgium and bought a little piece of magic in Burgundy.

Without history to bind him to any guiding principle, Bernard relied on his senses.  He spent his first few years in Burgundy observing all the wine makers around him.  He pondered what the most reputed wine makers would do with their land and he saw what the others did. He watched how the vines would respond.  He noted how different wine makers would make decisions according to the weather and he tasted those details in the wines.  When he went to make his own, I sense that Bernard was confident in his convictions through his observations and his personal understanding of nature.

大多數勃艮第葡萄酒釀酒師通過在一個釀酒師家庭中長大,通過滲透學習葡萄酒,被葡萄園包圍,聽到人們在整個成長過程中談論葡萄酒。另一方面,伯納德·范伯格在他的50年代開始了他的葡萄酒生涯,當他從攝影的長期職業退休。在一頓美好的午餐,他的妻子朱迪斯對我說:“我是一個城市女孩,我們有孩子,所以它有意義留在城市,但伯納德總是夢想在這個國家。他總是好的植物。我們有最漂亮的陽台充滿了植物。他從來沒有殺死,即使是最小的昆蟲。你知道,他真的愛大自然。“因為這對夫婦的孩子長大了,移動了朱迪思知道她必須給伯納德他的夢想與自然工作。這對夫婦在比利時賣了自己的家,在勃艮第購買了一小塊魔法。

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