Inside Wine: Water Hazards
Irrigating vines is a necessity for some, but a crime for others
Nature often fails to cooperate with winemakers. Depending on the region, vintners face a fairly consistent set of challenges, one of which is drought. Despite its antiquity, irrigation remains a crucial tool in the modern vintner's repertoire. Learn where irrigation is a common practice (and where it's forbidden), and which techniques vintners use to best serve their vineyards.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 31, 2005.