In fact, the beautiful images are put out by thousands of candles, lit by French winemakers in an attempt to save their wine vintages from low temperatures, night frosts and even snow.
From Chablis to Champagne, even in the southwest around Bordeaux, a biting cold has caused the ground to freeze below 0 ° C.
It has become a habit… Candles are placed on the Chablis vines to combat frost. Exceptional work from all winegrowers.
Titouan Rimbault pic.twitter.com/vu4mZXhbAK
– Pierre Barbin (@pierre_bbn) April 6, 2021
Driving through St Emilion this morning can confirm that the vineyards were burning brightly in an attempt to avoid frost.
Titouan Rimbaulthttps://t.co/AoQ1r2HZ6K… pic.twitter.com/6KkOYg8wXa
– Franglaise (@luxurygite) April 8, 2021
Seen from above, it seemed that all the fields were on fire.
To see all the winemakers of Burgundy, Sauternes and the Loire light small bonfires to try to save this harvest from the late frosts- Good courage, my friends
– Kate Masterofwhine
(@Masterofwhine) April 7, 2021
“We put about 1,000 candles on three hectares, but we decided not to light them overnight from Monday to Tuesday,” winemaker Claire Lelais in the south of Sarthe, northwestern France, told the French news site. Actu.fr.
“It was cold, but there wasn’t too much humidity.”
A vintner at the Daniel-Etienne Defaix wine estate near Chablis, Burgundy. Photo: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP
At a price of 10 euros per candle, he explained that they were unable to protect the 350-400 hectares of their fields.
Frozen vines. Photo: Jeff PACHOUD / AFP
But the next night, “the buds were going to be covered in ice,” he said, so they lit the fires.
“We’ll know in a few days if it worked,” Lelais said.
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Photo: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP
In Champagne, further north, the winemaker Basile Pauthier, had spent several nights in the open air trying to rescue his harvest from the cold.
“Those with Pinot Meunier will be saved more,” he told the wine magazine. Vitisphere on Wednesday, explaining that this grape variety was “later than Pinot Noir and especially Chardonnay”
It became a habit … Fires lit in the #vineyard fight against #gel night. As a #MontlouissurLoire. Exceptional work. Support for all #growers of our region #CentreValdeLoire #weather @RCValdeLoire @fbonneau
Nathalie pouech pic.twitter.com/YqfkdDJFPx
– Mohamed Moulay (@mkmoulay) April 7, 2021
Pauthier, who also leads wine projects at the Interprofessionnel Committee of Champagne (CIVC), said he was more concerned about the areas specializing in white wine.
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Thursday was to be another night of freezing temperatures and “the worst night” for winemakers in the South, according to Vitisphere.