Our newly installed weather station helps us know what’s going on in the vineyard.
The weather. It’s one of the most important factors in grape growing, if not the most important of all.
And when it comes to the weather, the grape grower needs to be constantly monitoring the conditions in the vineyard. And that doesn’t just mean temperature. It also means wind conditions and perhaps most importantly (depending on where you make wine) closely monitoring humidity.
Humidity and moisture are such important factors in the vineyards. When there is too much humidity, there is an increased risk of mildew and vine diseases. When there is too little humidity, the soil can become too dry and the vines can go into hydric stress, for example. And those are just a few of the things the grape grower and winemaker need to watch out for.
In the case of the Bele Casel family-owned vineyards, some of our vineyards lie very close to our family’s home in Caerano San Marco. All any one of us needs to do is to look outside and feel the air outside and we have a sense of what’s going on weatherwise in our parcels.
But when it comes to our Monfumo vineyard, which lies a sizable distance from our family home, the climatic conditions there can be entirely different than the ones in the vineyards that lie near to where we live.
That’s why we installed a brand new weather monitoring station there this week. You can see it in the photo above, snapped just the other day. It allows us to monitor the conditions there at any time, day or night.
The Monfumo vineyard is our more prized growing site. And so it’s highly important that we know what’s going on there at all times. If conditions become too extreme, we know we need to get out there and do the work that’s needed to keep the vines healthy.