The cost of future proofing the vineyard

If you want to know the shape of things to come, and how much it’s going to cost, asking a pépiniériste is a good start, says Sophie Kevany. 

A Torres salvaged vine
A Torres salvaged vine

Pépiniériste is French for a person who works in a plant nursery, or vine nursery in this case. They are usually about three years ahead of the curve, because that’s how long it takes for a young vine to produce its first winemaking grapes. With wine growers in an increasingly tight spot thanks to climate change, vine disease and pesticide reduction needs, the question then for France’s top pépiniériste is: can growers plant their way out?

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