Burgundy winemakers have reported widespread hurt to the 2014 harvest after a five minute hailstorm ruined vines across the province on Saturday afternoon.
Picture credit Daniel Etienne Defaix, VolnayEstates are reporting hurt affecting up to 40% of the potential 2014 harvest across Meursault, Pommard, Volnay and Beaune at the weekend after ‘golf ball sized’ hailstones struck the province, despite anti-hail measures being in place. In Beaune, up to 90% of vines in the Clos des Mouches vineyard are thought to have been hurt by the hail.Some 34 tube-like generators had been deployed each 10 kilometres in the storm-hit areas, shooting particles of silver iodide and copper acetylacetone into the atmosphere to stop the formation of hailstones but ‘disastrous to work’ according to Thiebault Huber of Domaine Huber-Verdereau and president of the Volnay Wine Council.‘We are in shock. I do not know why they did not work; perhaps the storm was just too intense and too small
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