July 27, 2021

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Acres of candles light up the night sky as farmers protect vineyards from frost

Anti-frost candles, burning in the vineyards of Maison Prosper Maufoux estate, lit up the night sky in Saint-Aubin in Burgundy on Tuesday.

French farmers lit the candles in order to protect their vineyards from frost. They also sprayed water over them to create ice shells around the green shoots.

Unexpectedly cold snaps of weather have hit many parts of mainland Europe at the start of April.

Despite their best efforts it is likely the harvest will be affected, and will lead to a lower volumes of yields.

Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie said that an agriculture disaster will be declared due to significant losses. This would help farmers with possible tax breaks, as well as increase assistance from banks and insurance companies.

Video: Domaine Prosper Maufoux