Bees are introduced to the vines of Lavaux. In July 2020, a beekeeper friend of Simon Vogel installs her hives at the Croix Duplex, a risky gamble.
"They might not survive because of the treatments," says the winemaker. He has adopted an organic program, but still uses herbicides for the terrace vines. "Besides, the bees don't make honey immediately. It takes at least three years".
The unexpected happens at harvest time, three months later. A hive frame is already full of broods and indicates that the bees are healthy. They had even made wax and honey! Today, 60,000 bees are gathering on Simon Vogel's vineyard. Another 15 hives are expected. Next year, Simon and his friend will present their project to a class of Pro Natura students. "It's extremely wonderful" Simon proudly confides.