Internationalisation, buyers, exports, organic farming, training … these were the buzz words at the 48th Vinitaly, the biggest exhibition of wines in the world and another love story playing out every year in the ancient city of Verona. Why then are South Africans not showing inter-est in this mammoth wine affair? Could it be because of the very Italian nature of the show?
This is the fourth article in the series on the history of rootstocks in South Africa and focuses on the application and adaptations of the commercial rootstocks Richter 99 and Richter 110 in the South African grape industries. Detailed attention is given to the most suitable soils and the regions where they have been planted extensively and also where they have disappeared over time and the reasons why. Comments are also made on the future of each rootstock.
Although there are many who propose that South Africa should focus more on certain Mediterranean cultivars, there is no doubt that when done right, our Bordeaux-style blends are world class. This was highlighted during the July Which Wine tasting, during which the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2010 was chosen as the Pick of the Bunch.