Beautiful Images As Candles Warm Up Vines During Frost

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

These amazing photographs show how a vineyard placed candles underneath their vines to protect them from fast.

The pictures were taken at the Valke Vleugel winery which is located in the village of Liezele in the Belgian presence of Antwerp.

Despite the warm weather that much of Europe has been experiencing, at the end of last week part of Belgium saw temperature is below zero, but this was tackled by the vineyard by putting 450 candle pots underneath the vines to protect the grapes.

CEN/Valke Vleugel

A spokesman at the vineyard told CEN that the frost is a major threat to the vines which had already started to form buds and the candles were a way of keeping it above minus 2 degrees Celsius which was the point where the grapes would become permanently damaged.

The winery has 4.2 hectares which produces nine different grape varieties, including Pinot Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Pinot Meunier.

Although vineyards in warmer countries have less of a threat from frost, the advantage to winegrowers in cooler climes is that the wines produced are lighter and more delicate despite the difficult conditions.

CEN/Valke Vleugel

The vineyard said they were careful to make sure that workers kept the proper social distancing regulations when placing the candles under the branches at five metres distances.

They then carefully monitor the temperature, and at 2:30am, staff light them to raise the ground temperature by one and a half degrees to protect the buds.

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