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The Right Rootstock for the Long Haul

Q&A?with UC?Davis viticulture & enology professor and rootstock expert Andy Walker
Dec 2010 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
When you ask Dr. Andy Walker, one of the foremost experts on rootstock, why we need rootstock at all, his answer is initially simple: “Blame it all on phylloxera.” Of course, it’s more complicated than that. In the early 1990s, that scourge led to the massive replanting of grapevines on phylloxera-resistant rootstock. That’s also when grape growers began to gradually recognize the importance of rootstock selection in determining the future success of their vineyards. An...
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