2/02/2010

Why are Roses in the Vineyard?

Hello Friends,

Ever wonder why some vineyards have roses planted throughout? For the average Virginia wine lover, an attractive rose plant accents the natural beauty and landscape of the Virginia countryside and makes the ritual of swirling, sniffing, and sipping fine Virginia wine even better. I took the healthy red beauty pictured below last year at Linden Vineyards, producer of some of the finest white and red wines in the state of Virginia.

What a Beauty !!!

So back to the question, why are roses planted in the vineyard? Well, roses are more susceptible to the same type of fungal disease (e.g., powdery mildew, downy mildew) as the grapevine. The roses in the vineyard serve as an early warning sign to the vineyard manager that action needs to be taken soon, or the grapevines will be infected next. Roses also welcome desirable insects that prey upon insects that are harmful to the vineyard. The next time you see roses in the vineyard that are as healthy as the one pictured, you will know the vines are doing just great! Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com , and as always, Happy Sipping!

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