Say hi to the clouds for me
Wine from Kleinheppach is, well, not really internationally famous, but several bottles were exported to Java in 1826 (a local man had emigrated) and arrived unharmed. It inspires loyalty. So the vintners were not amused when club of young men with colorful nylon parachutes applied to the municipality for permission to use the vineyards as a launch pad.
The application took seven years to be approved. “It was a hard fight, but we won,” Anton Zimmerle says. The winemakers were against it. The environmentalists were against it. “They said it would disturb the big raptors, but everybody knows that’s not true.”
The city council was also skeptical. The paragliders would start on top of the hill and land at the bottom, next to the road. Wouldn’t that cause accidents? And what if the loose earth at the of the hill started to slide?