Innovative planting in the vineyard prevents spread of diseases

on 23/04/13 at 10:01 am

Wine

imagesPreventing the spread of viruses and other diseases in the vineyard requires not just a range of plant species but also mix of vine varieties, according to Jeff Coutelou of Mas Coutelou.

Speaking during a round-table event yesterday at Roberson Wine’s annual portfolio tasting, Coutelou, a producer based in the Languedoc, outlined his techniques for producing wine as naturally as possible.

Having advocated the planting of a range of tree species to bring good predators into his organic vineyards, he also stressed the importance of mixing grape varieties within the same plot to prevent the rapid spread of disease.

“If you have just one type of grape in one place and you have a virus it can quickly give the disease to all of the vines, but if you have different types, and the neighboring vine is less susceptible, then it will protect the others.”

 

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