Hailstorm on 2 June 2022 – damage and photos Feely vineyard Saussignac

Hailstorm on 2 June 2022 – damage and photos

We are reeling from the after effects of a hail storm a week ago – at around 6am on 2 June 2022 a hammering on the roof like an attack had Sean and I jumping out of bed. The hailstones were like golf balls.

It took me a week to feel ready to share photos and words about the damage and the loss.

We have lost the majority of our crop, which is terrible for us as it is a year cycle so this is a whole year’s work, but as hard, is seeing the trauma on our vines, the hurt they are suffering. It almost feels like physical pain for us. When I walked out after the storm had passed I could feel them crying.

They have started the work of healing themselves already, open wounds are now covered over with scar  tissue making them look like spotted canes. New leaf shoots are starting to show in places.

We have lost more than half of the crop and the same again in leaf cover. What is left may struggle to reach maturity due to a shortage of leaves. Vintage 2022 will be very small.

Hail is ruthless.

The ground was covered in white hailstones and green debris. The hail was like a grim reaper scything everything in its wake.


We were lucky the glass table didnt get smashed.

A bathroom window wasnt so lucky. Neither was the car which looks like someone had a hammer party on it.

But renewal is everywhere. The terrace after being cleaned up looks like new. 🙂

Sean’s potager was ravaged but is already starting to recover in places. The watermelons we thought were dead are starting to push out new leaves. The pears and peaches that were knocked off are gone for this year but the trees will recover for next year. The brassicas covered by netting to protect them from fleabeetle were mercifully protected but the nets are damaged in places. The greenhouse survived and everything in it is safe including beautiful basil that is lifting our spirits.

We lift outselves up like our vines lifting their broken leaves and broken canes. They are making a herculean effort to heal and renew themselves. Courage.

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Showing 22 comments
  • JerryW

    Dear Caro, I am so sorry … sometimes nature is wonderful; sometimes, not so much.

    There is time .. I hope & pray that come the harvest, it will not be so bad as all that.

    Keep us posted


  • Leslie

    O M G that’s terrible I feel so sorry for you both after all the hard work you put in during the year
    Nature can be so cruel
    I sincerely hope that what has survived will at least bear fruit
    You must be devastated


    Utterly utterly tragic and I really feel for you. I read an article about the hail storm in Bergerac a week ago and yours is the first about how it has affected Vineyards. I’m sure you’re not alone by a very long way.
    When we are finally down your way later this year we will definitely call in to express our sympathy and spend a few quid.

  • Nancy Newell

    So so sorry for the damage to your grapes! Just heartbreaking

  • Christine Lees

    I am so sorry to hear about this Caro. I live in the next village Gageac and although I had damage to plants, garden furniture and roof from the hail it does not affect me in the same way because in your case this is your livelihood. I understand your feeling for the vines and what they have suffered. I do hope the signs of regrowth are a foretaste of what is to come.

  • Caro FEELY

    thanks Chris. We so appreciate words of support. Merci.

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks so much Nancy.

  • Caro FEELY

    thanks so much Geoff. Fortunately it in a fairly tight band so many of our neighbours are OK but we got the eye of the storm. Thank goodness it is not the whole region. We look forward to seeing you here. Merci!

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks Les! We will definitely have grapes for harvest day on 17 September! 😉

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks Jerry. Yes, we are also hopeful. Thanks for your thoughts and words of support. hugs. Caro

  • Justine Froneman

    Hope all recovers and that you are blessed with abundance after the devastation.

  • Linda Atkinson

    So devastating. Stay strong. Thinking of you over here in Australia.

  • Kathleen Quinn

    So very sorry to hear the hail damage. Thank you for the beautiful tribute to the courage of vines, hearts and minds to heal.

  • Kenichi Matsuno

    Hi Caro and Sean,
    I am terribly sorry to hear such tragic accident. The photos hurts my heart. I really hope that the situation gets better as the plants grow as steadily as possible.

  • John Feek

    Sorry to read this Caro however you and Shaun are strong people and, like your vines, you will recover. We are back to France in October and look forward to seeing you both again xxx

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks John. We look forward to seeing you here! Merci.

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks Kenichi. We so appreciate your message and your thoughts. I hope you are also recovering swiftly. Merci! Caro

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks so much Kathleen.

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks Linda! We appreciate your thoughts. Merci!

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks so much Justine. Merci!

  • Guy Strachan

    Hi Caro,
    My wife and I visited you a few years ago for a Wine & Food Pairing and were so impressed with your knowledge, commitment, hard work – and wine!
    I’m sure these characteristics will help you through this tough period and allow you to bounce back bigger & better.
    All the very best

  • Caro FEELY

    Thanks a million Guy. We so appreciate your message.

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