Hailstorms have become increasingly more frequent in Switzerland, causing substantial damages every year.
MeteoSwiss’ network of weather surveillance radars has monitored and analysed the frequency and intensity of hail events, detecting significant regional differences.
Climatic maps indicate an increase in hail frequency and size, especially in the summer months. These extreme weather conditions represent a growing threat for Swiss viticulture, with potential repercussions for the wine industry.
Faced with this challenge, institutions like Agroscope are seeking innovative solutions to protect crops and ensure quality wine production.
Located in Wädenswil in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, Agroscope is a leading viticulture research centre. Its main aim is to develop innovative tools for wine farmers, while promoting sustainability.
This includes testing phytosanitary strategies with alternative products, monitoring soil quality and research into new resistant varieties and clones.
In 2021, faced with an increase in hailstorm frequency, Agroscope commissioned a system in Cugnasco, covering 6,625sqm with 2,600 linear metres of professional anti-hail nets. This first installation was followed by a second in 2022 measuring 2,500 linear metres.
Thanks to the HTS anti-hail system, the vines have been protected from frequent hailstorms. In 2023, a further 2,300 linear metre installation was commissioned at Wädenswil.
We are extremely pleased that our collaboration with Agroscope is producing the desired results and that our HTS system has met expectations in terms of resistance and total protection of the vineyard.