Wine-ding Ride

On the steep terraced slopes of Northern Italy’s wine country, you can find many of these long, winding, rack and pinion tracks running up the steep hills.

It was not the right season when I was there, but I understand that these are used to haul grapes up the steep inclines during the harvest.

Load up the cart, hop on the seat and drive to the top!

It must be pretty fun the first time you try it, but I do wonder a few things:

(1) Assuming you clear the path of bushes and brambles, why do you need a driver? Could you not just have a remote control to start and stop the cart?

(2) If you must have a driver seated on the cart, do you think that installing a seat-belt is out of the question?

Part wine-making + part roller-coaster – what could be more fun?