Hail hits Vouvray again

End of May 2008 storm – damage in the Vallée Chartier
caused by huge deluge – see also below
Van crushed by falling trees
Incredible damage caused by torrents of water in the Vallée Chartier, Vouvray

Unfortunately Vouvray is very prone to being hit by violent summer storms as the above photos from the end of May 2008 show. These storms tend to approach from the south west passing over Tours and then hitting Vouvray and its associated communes after passing over the Loire and hitting the slightly higher ground. Places, like Montlouis, Saint-Martin-le-Beau on the south of the Loire, are often spared.

Last Thursday 3rd June parts of the Vouvray appellation, especially Chançay in the north east of the appellation, were again hit by a violent hail storm. See here and here. Producers like the family Gaucher and Arnaud Herivault (Domaine d’Orfeuilles) had their 2020 crop completely destroyed in a brief ten minutes having previously fought the series of this year’s April frosts. Unfortunately Méteo-France had apparently estimated that the risk of hail here was only 5% so the anti-hail diffusers were not activated.

Sadly this recalls the tornado hail storm of mid-June 2013 that hit Vouvray along with Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Chinon also affected.

Disconsolate Vouvray vigneron with lacerated vines: June 2013
Photo » La Républicain Lorrain
Lacerated vines – Vouvray: June 2013. Photo: Guillaume Souvant

Jim

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