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Barboursville Vineyards, Virginia

Fernando Franco

My name is Fernando Franco, the vineyard manager at Barboursville Vineyards in historic, Barboursville, Virginia. I have been working in viticulture for 38 years and over 20 years now at Barboursville Vineyards. As the viticulturist, I am responsible for thousands of vines in our vineyard and have saved the wine grapes in our vineyards with our Orchard-Rite wind machines many, many times over the years from spring frost.

The new Orchard-Rite models are even better than the ones we first bought. Being able to program the machines to start at the right time and temperature using the AutoStart feature has literally saved our wine grape harvest more times than I can count. The machines are dependable and very efficient. I highly recommend Orchard-Rite wind machines for vineyard frost protection.