A beautiful day in Cantaburros, sun is shining and spring is in the air. For some time now night temperatures have remained above zero, could be March.The vine has finished bleeding and small baby buds with tiny leaves are beginning to appear everywhere, a sign that the photosynthesis has set in. By early afternoon clouds have emerged, but the weather forecast only predicts drizzly rain.
Then all of the sudden the sky gets dark and the rain sets in. Had it only been so. Instead of rain, it’s hail. Tiny balls of ice bombard the vineyard constantly for about 20 min. and then the sun reappears. 20 devastating minutes, during which a lot of plants have lost their fruit, or rather their primary bud.
Like an emergency back up secondary buds take over and for the vine and winemaker there’s still hope.