Champagne Louis Roederer has, as one of the few wine producers in France, been approved as a “pepiniériste privé”, ie as a private nursery for vines. Roederer will now grow their own American root stocks. On these they will graft cuttings taken from their own vineyards.
It is very unusual for wine producers to do all this themselves. Then normal procedure is to buy their vines from a nursery. When we vines are delivered they are already grafted and ready to be planted.
Today, there are a few producers who prefer to use cuttings from their own vineyard. Maybe they have particularly healthy and high quality vines in their vineyard. But even in those cases the grafting is in most cases done by a nursery. Read more on decanter.com.
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