The effects and extent of the May frosts in Kent and Sussex is beginning to emerge. Sheltered early sites have suffered the worst, more exposed sites with decent slopes the best. Even high trellis systems which can mitigate against ground frosts have been affected. Growers, who have not had frost problems on this scale since 1995, should be reviewing their frost protection stratergies. Spring frosts are predicted to become more likely according to the climate change theorists. Potential growers need to take this into account when selecting a site. Suseptibility to frost is a major factor in the viability of a vineyard .
Rondo and Chardonnay with their early bud burst tended to be the hardest hit. Pinot Noir has fared better and overall the potential in un-frosted vines looks high.