Windy Days Ahead!
The Orchard Rite Wind Machines have arrived at Creekbend Vineyard. They are used for frost protection in the spring and also can help reduce damage from severe cold in the winter. The way they work is to pull warmer air 60-90 feet above the vineyard and direct it down to the ground level. This can actually increase air temperatures by 3-5 degrees. We are really excited to have them because we have had six frost events in the last 10 years. These frost events can result in crop damage and serious reduction in the harvest. When you are next out at the vineyard look for the tall silver poles, we have placed them next to some of your favorites; Catawba/Traminette and Pinot Gris/Cabernet Sauvignon. They stand 37 feet in the air and have a fan diameter of 20 feet!! What a sight they are!