Innovating in a Hostile Climate
We have been learning how to deal with the weather at Domaine Lois Louise since 2005 when we lost all of our fruit due to the cold. We have run several experiments over the years and found one that showed positive results—creating a pseudo-green house within each of the vine rows using a Saran-wrap-like plastic film. The experiment certainly helped with fruit set in 2011, but it was not the panacea we were hoping for. Therefore, next year we will be working on installing electrical heating for the vine rows—an experiment that T.J. read about.