The Vine Basics Part 1️⃣ . Starting from the bottom... Today we are beginning at vine selection. There are many species of vine but today we will only cover the most important ones to modern day winemaking. . 🌿Vine Species . . ➖Vitis vinifera: This covers the main Euasian species and traditionally been used in winemaking.There are between 5,000-10,000 types. . ➖American Vine: Hardly used to make wine as the grapes have unattractive characters. There are 3 species to North America and are resistant to Phylloxera. . Phylloxera is a fatal Pest to V. vinifera🧟♀️. (Will get more into detail in part 2️⃣) . 🔺Many areas in the world are effected by Phylloxera and it has no cures. If one doesn’t just want to crossing fingers or only plant in unaffected areas, there is a great solution. If one uses American vine as rootstock and then V.vinifera vines are grafted onto them, it’s a win-win. This combination allows the protection of American Vines but taste of European Vines👆💛 . . So next time your out in the vineyards ask about rootstock🙌 It’s always a interesting topic and one can learn a lot about a estate this way. . . Watchout for Part 2️⃣ there we get into detail about this horrible Pest 🐲 . . 📸 Throwback from Harvest 2017 . . .
What a difference a day makes. We were sweltering in the sun yesterday and now it’s raining and cold. New Zealand weather is quite remarkable...On Monday it was snowing in the South and warm in the North! ☀️❄️☃️ Did anyone get snow at their place?