Friday, 23 March 2012

Gary and the Frost Killer vs Jack Frost

Gary and the Frost Killer

Our latest piece of armoury in the war against Jack Frost is now ready for action!

Gary has converted and old corn dryer machine so that it continually sucks in huge amounts of cold air at ground level and shots it skywards. This will hopefully create enough air movement in the lowest part of the vineyard to fight off the worst of potential frosts.

The Frost Killer will be used with our other frost prevention equipment which comprises a FrostGuard machine, which blasts warm air around the vineyard, and hundreds of boujies (French for candle) which are paraffin heaters which we put in the rows near to the vines.

The warm weather at the moment means that we are likely to get bud burst  in early April, following which we will have to be ready to get up in the middle of the night to fight off Jack Frost.


  1. Hi watching your progress from afar (Florida since last October) Hope the frost, bugs, mildew and every other pest bringing a blight on 'Chateau Wenman' are being kept at bay. Please reserve a case of your best 2011 vintage for me when I return in May.
    Roger Crook (Wisley)

    1. Hi Roger, good to hear from you - sorry I'm a bit later replying. Just bottled the first wine but it will be in short supply!