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Protecting the vines from frost
The chaussage or frost protection is an operation carried out at the beginning of winter in the vineyards. With the help of horse-drawn plows, the ground is turned over the vine stocks to protect them from the cold. Otherwise, the grass could retain the first frosts that would harm the vines. This operation also improves soil structure and aeration. The Maison Marguet estate in Ambonnay has used Ardennes draft horses since 2010 and owns four of them.
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