One of the most frequently asked questions is “Why do you plant roses at the ends of the grapevine rows?"
Many vineyards plant rose bushes within the vineyard to serve as a disease indicator measure, “like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.” Roses are more susceptible to the same types of fungal diseases of powdery and downy mildew, as the grapevine. The roses will be affected by the diseases before the grapevine, providing precautionary signs that action should be taken, or the grapevines will be infected next.
Roses are also planted in the vineyard because they attract desirable insects that prey upon other insects that are capable of causing harm to the vineyard. Therefore, healthy roses symbolize healthy vines.
Roses have an intricate floral aroma that is similar to some aromas present in wine. The aroma of the rose is conveyed from its rose oil. Rose oil’s main aroma contributors are cis-rose oxide, β-damascenone, geraniol and nerol. These aromatic chemical compounds are also found in a variety of grapes used to produce many red and white wines, including: Gewürztraminer and its offspring, Traminette, and Pinot Noir.
“Stop and smell the roses” as you walk the vineyard in June and all summer long to marvel at nature’s pairings. Come celebrate life with us, sipping wine and smelling roses!