Stuart Smith on selecting clones for vineyards
This show was published 10 June 2011
Stuart Smith owns Ryedale Vineyards in Yorkshire, North England. They planted their first 7000 vines in 2006 with a range of different white and red varieties. Solaris is the main white variety, an early-ripening cross of Pinot Gris and Riesling. Rondo is the main red grape for red and rose wine. Stuart also imports vines as well as producing his own wines. Over the last few years he has seen a trend for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier in the south of England for sparkling wine and while Bacchus is more popular in the south, there are more plantings of Ortega in the north. Stuart talks to us in detail about root stock clonal selection and how different root stocks are suited to different soils.
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