Hi everyone, this has been driving me nuts for a few hours.
During my WSET Diploma I recall someone mentioning a producer in Bordeaux who constructed an artificial lake/reservoir in order to moderate the microclimate of their vineyards. Numerous online searches have yielded nothing. I asked one of my classmates who reckons it might be Chateau de Reignac, but I could find no sources to back this up.
Does anyone here know who the producer might be, or do you have any other examples around the world where an artificial body of water was constructed for viticultural reasons?
Did your colleague describe what microclimate effects were trying to be changed? You'd have to dig a pretty big lake to have any significant effect.
I can't recall exactly, but I think it may have been to mitigate the risk of frost, acting as a heat sink.
This is a link for Virginia wines specifically the Monticello AVA, many vingerons use bodies of water here to influence the vines. I hope this helps
Thanks Chad, though I'm not seeing any links to Monticello specifically?
See the map here - www.americaswinecountry.com/map
Interesting. I wonder how much success they've had. Unless the vineyard has a lot of situations where the temperature sits at 31.9, I would expect the cost of digging the lake to far outweigh the cost savings on the vines.