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Vinography Images: Napa Frost Protection


Napa Frost Protection
NAPA, CA: A Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is sprayed with water to protect the dormant vines from frost. With the warm weather this year, the vines in Napa are already begging to show signs of bud break and growth, making vintners increasingly nervous about the possibility of upcoming frosts, and the damage they could do to the harvest.

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Comments (4)

Greg wrote:
02.25.12 at 1:02 AM

Where I live we get lots of late frost. You really don't need much water for frost protection, just a light spray. That vineyard seems to be overdoing it a bit, I guess they use the same sprinklers for irrigation. The amazing thing is seeing the vines covered in icicles, yet protected from frost.

Ron Saikowski wrote:
02.26.12 at 4:29 PM

Dr. Frank of NY Fame found rootstock to be important in delaying bud break. Texas High Plains Vineyard Owners have gone one step further with double pruning techniques!

kate B wrote:
02.27.12 at 5:43 PM

Can you tell me what time of day this spraying is usually done? Daytime? Evening? Night?


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