Early spring frost destroys most of France’s grape harvest

Friday, April 9
FRANCE


Fires were lit at an the Vouvray vineyard in Touraine, among many others to to try to protect the delicate vines from the frost (Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images)

Warm temperatures in early spring were followed by two nights of frost: a lethal combination that has destroyed most of France's grape harvest and much of its fruit harvest for this year. 

Many farmers lit small fires to heat the air surrounding the vines, while others sprinkled their vineyards to create an icy coating over the grapes, like small igloos meant to protect the fruit.

Other fruit growers have also seen much of their harvest destroyed.