For an amazing photo gallery of the destruction caused by the Hail, have a look at:
Bizeljsko Hail Photos
Unfortunately the picture below was not taken in January – but last week in the middle of July……
Sinead and I passed through the region two days later and took some photos of what was left. Many corn fields were just being ploughed back into the soil. The orchards are destroyed – and the vineyards....... Well, it’s not just a very obvious problem for this year – the issue is vastly complicated by the fact that the shoots for next year’s growth are also destroyed – and it will even impact into growth in two years time. Here in Jeruzalem we suffered very bad hail two years ago in July and there was significant damage – but there is a possible small window of hope – it would seem that this year (two years later) the vines are particularly healthy here – almost as if they have a new lease of life – so it may be that some small scrap of good could come from last week’s hail in Bizeljsko – but it’s difficult to see that at this point.
It’s worth remembering what a vineyard should look like in July – our own….
And then the hail-devastated landscape of Bizeljsko…….the hail is long gone, but the barren landscape remains....