les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Late frosts...

 are a problem for our wine growers because the recent sunny days and high temperatures have encouraged the wines to bud - now a sharp frost could damage the delicate young tissue and then the harsh sunlight finishes off the job, leaving the vines weakened and with several weeks of growth lost.

The winegrowers employ various methods to stave off the frost, like "candles" (small braziers) placed up and down the rows of the vines, and windmills to try to manage the cold air. To protect the buds from the sun smoky fires are lit to make a smoke screen.

It's not all that rare to have these late frosts, but defending the vines is still difficult.

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