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Vineyards in Northern Italy all Ablaze Against the Cold

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Vineyards in Northern Italy all Ablaze Against the Cold

Vineyards in northern Italy have been burning bright this week with thousands of torches creating a beautiful spectacle, but there’s a good reason for it.

Abbazia di Novacella/Werner Waldboth

Temperatures in the North of Italy have been extremely low and unseasonably, frost made a return to highlands this week. With cold weather forecasted, wine makers in Alto Adige and Trentino as well as Val d’Orcia in Tuscany took the measure of lighting thousands of torches placed in between the rows of vines.

 

The effect is mesmerising, but it is very practical too. The lighting of 300 torches over one hectare can raise the temperature by three degrees which could be the difference between survival and total catastrophe. Snow fell in northwest Italy this month and the country has suffered heavy rains and hail. Hail stones are the curse of the viticulturalists and a bad hail storm can wipe out an entire year's crop in minutes. 

 

The cold snap that is continuing throughout the month of May in Italy, could yet lay waste to millions of euros worth of crops, especially those growing in the north and on high ground.

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