New ways of coping with Arctic winters


To keep us cool, Canadian wine writer Jacky Blisson considers some new ways of protecting vines in particularly vicious winters. In this picture of Domaine St Jacques in Québec, you can (just) see the vineyard protected by geotextiles on the right.

As the leaves fall from the vines in November, the annual race against the clock begins in the cooler reaches of the northern hemisphere. In Ningxia, China, vineyard workers at Pernod Ricard’s Helan Mountain Winery begin the arduous process of laying down canes for winter burial. Wind machines are readied for their winter vigil at Southbrook Vineyards on the...