Advanced Wine Education: Nick Mills explains rootstock

What is rootstock? The roots of American vines have been used since the late 1800’s to support Vitis Vinifera grape vines and protect them from Phylloxera, a louse that kills vines. It also is used to regulate the vigor of vines depending on the soil type in any given vineyard. Here, Nick Mills of Rippon explains, with a shout out to Rootstock Wine and Beer Bar in Chicago (where this was filmed) and the Rootstock Sydney festival (where he had just been before coming to Chicago.

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Rootstock was developed as the answer to phylloxera, a louse that originated in the US and decimated Vitis Vinifera vines in Europe. Here, Nick Mills explains phylloxera:

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