June 17th 2013: Overgrafting

Work in progress - At the moment

When traditional viticulture works quickly...
This spring we launched an ambitious program of overgrafting.The practice, which is in part the traditional means for controlling phylloxera, tends to be revived in quality vineyards.It gives a second life to a plot which is already well established.Plugging a new graft onto a well-settled vine-stock provides an answer to several major concerns: it modifies the planted grape varieties over the shortest period possible, enhances the quality of the vegetative material, and uses an already well-developed root system. Moreover, this grafting method, the "chip bud" is also known for being an important factor in strengthening the longevity of vines (in comparison to the Omega grafting of the vine stocks on the market).Due to insufficient care, to unsuitable farming methods, or to poor quality plants, some plots produce low quantity and quality crops every year. Overgrafting can be a real solution to improvement. From an agronomical point of view, the mere fact of being able to save an adult root system is a significant advantage for the vineyards. It does not takes more than two years to obtain an "old vine" which is what is being sought from a technical aspect.Overgrafting is a tricky operation requiring a lot of care, but it is an exciting agronomical task, a great technical adventure and one of the rare means in viticulture to quickly assess the impact of one's adaptations on the long term characteristics of the vineyard...


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