INAO authorises use of anti-hail netting

The INAO has authorised the use of anti-hail netting in French vineyards following several years of tests in Burgundy.

The use of netting was officially approved on 20 June this year.

Every one of France’s AOC will be able to apply to use anti-hail netting after tests run in Burgundy since 2015 showed that their impact had a, “very limited influence on the mesoclimate of the vine and does not artificially modify or change substantially the fundamental characteristics of the local area in question,” said the INAO.

As such, the institute said in a statement: “This type of material is compatible with the production of AOC wine,” but, “the use of nets should be limited to minimise the effect of too much shade.”

As mentioned above, the governing bodies of each AOC must apply to add netting into their cahiers des charges but the INAO promised that the implementation would be swift in each case and largely “a formality”.

The news will be welcome relief to growers across the country as a run of severe hailstorms have wrought considerable damage throughout French vineyards recently, sometimes in consecutive years.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events & Admin Assistant

The Drinks Business
London SE1, UK

Brand Manager - Key Wine Partners

MMI Dubai
Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Business Development Manager

Bashall Spirits
Lancashire, UK

Territory Manager - London​

Cadrona Distillery
London, UK

Business Development Manager

Lucozade Ribena Suntory
UK

Customer Marketing Manager

Bibendum
London NW1, UK

Export Assistant Co-ordinator - Maternity Cover

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Customer Services Administrator - On Trade

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Fruit Focus 2019

East Malling,United Kingdom
17th Jul 2019

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

San Francisco,USA
23rd Jul 2019

The Wine Show Chelsea 2019

London,United Kingdom
18th Oct 2019
Click to view more

The Tuscan Masters 2019

Deadline : 1st July 2019

The Global Grenache Masters 2019

Deadline : 5th July 2019

Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Global Chardonnay Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more