If you’re a frequent visitor to the Rhône, chances are you’ve experienced “Le Mistral”, the strong winds that define this region’s climates as well as its winemaking. Lasting anywhere from a few days to more than a week, the winds, which have been clocked up to 62 miles per hour (but usually averaging about 31), blow primarily in the winter and spring, often accompanied by clear, fresh weather.
Known locally as mange-fange (“mud-eater”), the mistral is said to bring good health to people and grapes alike. It helps avert diseases in the vineyards and enables the wineries to practice sustainable viticulture. It ensures ideal conditions for growing and harvesting grapes.
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