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Field of stock for grafting (Gravesac)



Grapevine Phylloxera, known as phylloxera vastatrix (planchon), is the grapevine’s most fearsome enemy.


In France this aphid caused most of the grapevines to waste away.
This scourge was a disaster for the whole wine growing industry and it was necessary to reconstitute the vineyards.
Reconstruction was possible thanks to the grafting of vines.

It was at the end of the 19th century that phylloxera, brought by boat from America, destroyed French vineyards, then European vineyards.



Leaf with phylloxera


The Fight Against Phylloxera

More than a century of experience has proved that grafting V. vinifera vines, resistant stock, is a sure and permanent way to protect against phylloxera, provided that stock from American vitis species is used.