Now the warmer weather seems to be arriving, spare a thought for the lot of the poor vigneron who has produced that delicious Provence rosé in your glass. The photo shows the roads near Brignoles at the weekend. It is not snow, but hail from a storm which has seriously hit maybe 5000 hectares of vineyard. Some damage is always expected every year, but as M. Alberto of the Vidauban winery says "this is the worst hail event I have ever seen in my lifetime". Insurance will only go so far to cover the costs, so the estates which were spared are breathing a sigh of relief. Luckily both Vidauban and Sainte Marguerite got away with it. Santé.
Posted by Edgar