Champagne Harvest 2015 – Portrait of a harvester: Renaud Hans

Renaud Hans

Renaud Hans

Renaud Hans has been working harvest at david Léclapart for the last 5 years. He started of as picker, but has been a débardeur – emptying buckets and moving cases in and out of the rows – for the last 2 years. Before working for David he had already 5 harvests under his belt in Verzenay. When asked why he chose to change he explains:” I wanted to work for an organic grower; I am a keen gardener and I wanted to learn more about organic and biodynamic farming.”

He had heard about David and contacted him in September, which is pretty late. But as destiny wanted it, someone had just pulled out of the harvest at David and Renaud was hired. Over the years Renaud says he has learned a lot from David, and he feels he learns something new every time he comes back. He changed careers a few years ago and exchanged the world of IT to the one of sustainable energy for the region of Reims. Like many locals, Renaud takes holidays to work harvest. He lives in Reims and goes home every day. He really likes the atmosphere of harvest- and feels its fun to catch up with old friends. Even if this is his 5th year at David, he is very aware he is not part of the ‘anciens’ yet.

About Caroline

Caroline is a certified Sommelier (by the CMS) and WSET diploma student. In order to specialize in the wines of Champagne she moved to the region and currently works as a wine consultant, wine educator and wine writer. She is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and writes for several international publications including Palate Press, Snooth, Wine-Searcher, Decanter and Vinogusto; further activities include teaching Champagne related courses at Reims Management School and organizing personalized tasting experiences at as well as being a regular judge at international wine competitions.
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