Our Mendoza cousins deal with hail which is a little different from most regions. Pretty much every year they deal with heavy hail that can easily damage cars and ruin the harvest in large or narrow swaths. Its a matter of luck if you get missed. Generally they estimate 10% is the normal loss from hail. The counter-measures in the higher profit vineyards is to place black netting over the trellising. That netting slopes off between the rows so hail is directed between the vines. You can see the netting in place on the vineyard picture above, and notice both the Andes and the sub-Andes in the background of the picture.
Again in the above picture, you might also notice the wire posts pounded into the ground are untreated wood branches. With a lack of water, there is a lack of termites and I'm told generally speaking, phyloxera has had a more difficult time in the region as well .... though I've heard that before and do note most of the current high-end planting does get done on resistant rootstock today.
SVB On Wine VacationAt this point in the year I am going to go on hiatus with the SVB on Wine Blog, because I am moving into the period when we produce the State of the Industry Report. So this is the last of the Blog for a spell.
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