Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Do you know why it’s important to have green in the vineyard?
The leaves (canopy) of the grape vines produce carbohydrates (sugars) from sunlight, water and CO2 gas to grow plant tissue and ripen the grape clusters. The growing vine also provides nutrients for the microbes that live in the soil, near the root system of the plants. These microbes break down nutrients from the soil that the grapevines can’t access by themselves and are essential for good grapevine health.
The game’s not big enough unless it scares you a little. Wait a minute – you’ve been declared dead. You can’t give orders around here. I’ll alert the crew. What? We’re not at all alike! Flair is what marks the difference between artistry and mere competence.
The green groundcover helps to prevent compaction and erosion, keeps moisture in the soil, and moderates soil temperatures in the vineyard. The groundcover also binds up nutrients and prevents them from leaching out of the soil. They eventually release these nutrients as they die off and are broken down by soil microbes. Diverse groundcover also provides the root habitat necessary for mycorrhizal relationships for the microbes to exchange root exudates for plant usable nutrients.
We think that grapevines don’t need to suffer to produce healthy nutritious grapes and therefore more flavorful and complex wines. Try our wines and see for yourselves! There’s a link somewhere to take you to our storefront!