Visiting Bodegas Norton in Mendoza was a serious treat. An historic winery with modern equipment and one of the most impressive mazes of a cellar I have yet to see with my own eyes. Before my visit, I had no idea of just how serious hail is in Mendoza. Localized hailstorms can destroy entire vineyards in minutes dropping stone sized chunks of ice onto the vines. This photo is a look at one example of what expensive lengths a winery will go to to protect their fruit. These hail nets cover about 50% of the vineyard right outside the winery.