Finally a little snow

snow (1)
We finally received some snow only about 2 to 3 inches but enough to to brighten up the vineyards. Taken from just inside the wall around our village of Neive.
first snow of 2013
Taken from vineyard Curra looking west over the tower of Barbaresco.
snow melting
However after only a few days the snow is melting fast exposing the best vineyards for example Barbaresco on the right and Dolcetto/Barbara on the left.
snowy ciabot
Snow is very good for the vineyards because it melts slowly into the clay soil rather than running off quickly during a rain shower therefore building up reserves for the long hot summers.