Chapter 6

Grapevine Planting Stock

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Establishing a commercial vineyard with clean planting stock derived from disease-tested stocks is paramount to insure the long-term sustainability and success of the vineyard. The grapevines will most likely be one of the greatest initial capital expenses, and other than proper site selection, may be the most critical pre-harvest decisions to make. Choosing the best planting stock for a particular site is a key factor in the production of premium wines. The use of certified, disease-free grapevines can have an impact on survival, growth rate, susceptibility to pests and diseases and the quality of fruit—all of which affect profitability.

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