What are everyone´s responsibilities on the estate?
I take care of the vines, the cellar and the clientele. We also have other employees, two people who help in the cellar and a few winegrowers who help me. My nephew has just arrived from South Africa. He is learning French and the idea is that he will take over the estate.
Simon Vogel is a graduate of Marcelin for viticulture and Changins for oenology. For 2 years, he worked in German-speaking Switzerland on the shores of Lake Zurich, then in Aargau. He takes over the family estate in 2016. His sister Maude also graduated at Marcelin in viticulture. She had worked for 10 years on the steep slopes of the Lavaux, then trained in sales and communication. In 2009, she joined the Croix Duplex team.
Beyond your activities at the estate, what do you like to do and what do you dislike?
I like to take part in Terravin tastings and do tastings with friends. Outside of work, I like skiing. I am an instructor. When I have time in the summer, I paddle and I like walking in the mountains. What don't I like? I don't know... Oh, yeah! All the administrative work we're asked to do. I don't like that at all.
Do you remember your first drop of wine?
Hahaha it was very early. But very, very early. I was two years old and I got really drunk. I saw my father bottling wine. I secretly opened the filter tap and put my mouth underneath to drink. My parents told me that it was the first time I was so calm because I slept for 24 hours straight.Laughter).
What excites you in your job?
The fact that you can touch everything and be as much inside as outside. It is a chance to be independent. But we still have a boss above us: the weather. She's the one who governs us.
What is your favorite moment of winemaking?
The harvest. It is the consecration of a year of work. Were we able to manage the weather and the vines? It is the most beautiful of moments. The harvest brings so much joy joy. When you have beautiful grapes, you can only be happy.
I would like the Swiss community to consume locally made products.
If you were given a magic wand to make a wish come true, what would you wish for?
I would like the Swiss citizen to consume local products. It's not enough to say it or write it on social media, especially during this complicated period with covid. It has to be done. People forget that the trades of the land, whether it is winegrower, market gardener or farmer, feed the population. Today, it is only money that counts, regardless of the quality of the product or the working conditions.
What are your future plans?
Oh, I've got plenty! We want to welcome more people for big events such as weddings, have a kitchen adapted to a catering service and one day open a restaurant. Tourists love the view of the Lavaux. It's a shame to lock them in a cellar four metres underground. And it would boost the local economy!
How would you describe yourself if you were...
A landscape: The Lavaux
An animal: A cat
A feeling / emotion: Sensitivity
A word: Sun
A grape variety: Chasselas
A wine: White, and more precisely, a Chasselas (laughs).