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Kirstenbosch - The Most Beautiful Garden In Africa (Hardcover): Brian J. Huntley Kirstenbosch - The Most Beautiful Garden In Africa (Hardcover)
Brian J. Huntley
R350 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R75 (21%) In stock

Kirstenbosch is a name that resonates round the world as the home of a uniquely rich flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty, and in 2013 Kirstenbosch celebrates its 100th anniversary. This centenary publication tells the story of its establishment, its setbacks and triumphs, its benefactors and heros. It outlines the Garden's scientific eminence – as the repository of knowledge on our prized flora – and details the many attractions that make it a favourite destination for Capetonians and visitors alike.

With a finely crafted text by acclaimed ecologist Brian Huntley, and lavishly illustrated with photographs and artworks that tell the history and reflect the beauty of the Garden, this will be a sought-after volume – a quality memento for visitors to Kirstenbosch and a keepsake for the many thousands of locals who flock there annually. Beautifully presented in a colourful dustjacket, this book will be a tasteful, all-occasions gift, and one to cherish.

How to Grow Vines - A Manual of Climbing Plants (Paperback): William C McCollom How to Grow Vines - A Manual of Climbing Plants (Paperback)
William C McCollom
R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book contains a wealth of information and anecdote about growing vine plants. Thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of the amateur or professional gardener. Contents Include: Annual Vines; Herbaceous Perennial Vines; Spring-flowering Hardy Vines; Summer-flowering Hardy Vines; Evergreen Vines; Vines for Veranda Decoration; Stove or Tropical House Vines; Vines for Coolhouse and Dwelling. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

A Compendium of Articles About Different Varieties of Grapevine (Paperback): Various A Compendium of Articles About Different Varieties of Grapevine (Paperback)
Various
R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is thoroughly recommended for the professional and amateur winegrower. Experts on the subject write about different varieties of grape. Contents Include: Tabular View of the Size, Colour, Shape, etc. of all the Varieties of American Grapes; Description of Vines; Select Varieties of Grapes; What Species of Grapevine Shall We Cultivate?; List of Varieties; Description of Varieties; Description of Varieties 2; What to Plant. Choice of Varieties; Description of Varieties 3. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

Insects of the Grapevine - Selected Articles (Paperback): Various Insects of the Grapevine - Selected Articles (Paperback)
Various
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Experts on the subject write about insects and pests that attack the grapevine. This book is thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the amateur or professional winegrower and historian of viticulture, containing a wealth of information and anecdote, much of which is still practical today. Extensively illustrated with drawings, diagrams and photographs. Contents Include: Insects, and How to Destroy Them; Insects Injurious to the Vine; The Phylloxera Question; Insects and Animals Injurious to the Vine; Insects Injurious to the Vine in California; The California Grape Root-Worm; The Grape Leaf Hopper. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

Vineyard Soil - Selected Articles (Paperback): Various Vineyard Soil - Selected Articles (Paperback)
Various
R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is thoroughly recommended for the professional and amateur winegrower. Experts on the subject write about soil in the vineyard. Contents Include: Classification of Soils; Soil, Situation and Aspect; Preparation of the Soil; Soil and Cultivation; Location and Soil, Preparation of the Ground and How to Cultivate the Soil; The Soil and its Preparation; Soil and Situation; Soil and Situation 2. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

Cultivating Grapes in California (Paperback): George Husmann Cultivating Grapes in California (Paperback)
George Husmann
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is thoroughly recommended for the professional and amateur winegrower. An expert on the subject writes about the cultivation of the vine in California. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

The Chemical Processes in the Nutrition of Vegetables - With Information on Carbon, Humus, Hydrogen and Other Aspects of... The Chemical Processes in the Nutrition of Vegetables - With Information on Carbon, Humus, Hydrogen and Other Aspects of Vegetable Chemistry (Paperback)
Justus Leibig
R669 Discovery Miles 6 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Organic Yorkshire Gardener (Paperback): Graham Porter The Organic Yorkshire Gardener (Paperback)
Graham Porter
R435 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R40 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,526 Discovery Miles 55 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 4 contains accounts of 82 families, mostly rather small, but including the Primulaceae (with Primula as its largest genus) and Ericaceae (with Rhododendron, the largest genus in the Flora).

Weeds of the Northeast (Paperback, New): Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal, Joseph M. DiTomaso Weeds of the Northeast (Paperback, New)
Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal, Joseph M. DiTomaso
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Here, at last, is a lavishly illustrated manual for ready identification of 299 common and economically important weeds in the region south to Virginia, north to Maine and southern Canada, and west to Wisconsin. Based on vegetative rather than floral characteristics, this practical guide gives anyone who works with plants the ability to identify weeds before they flower.*A dichotomous key to all the species described in the book is designed to narrow the choices to a few possible species. Identification can then be confirmed by reading the descriptions of the species and comparing a specimen with the drawings and photographs.*A fold-out grass identification table provides diagnostic information for weedy grasses in an easy-to-use tabular key.*Specimens with unusual vegetative characteristics, such as thorns, square stems, whorled leaves, or milky sap, can be rapidly identified using the shortcut identification table. The first comprehensive weed identification manual available for the Northeast, this book will facilitate appropriate weed management strategy in any horticultural or agronomic cropping system and will also serve home gardeners and landscape managers, as well as pest management specialists and allergists.

The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,271 Discovery Miles 52 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 3 contains accounts of 47 families, including those formerly included in the Leguminosae (Mimosaceae, Caesalpiniaceae, Fabaceae) as well as the large and important Rosaceae. Also included are those families formerly covered by the name Saxifragaceae (Saxifragaceae in the strict sense, Penthoraceae, Grossulariaceae, Parnassiaceae, Hydrangeaceae and Escalloniaceae).

The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,530 Discovery Miles 55 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 2 contains accounts of the first 71 families of Dicotyledons, including the Aizoaceae and Cactaceae (large and important families of succulents), as well as many tree families (Juglandaceae, Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Ulmaceae) and popular herbaceous plants (Ranunculaceae, Papaveraceae, Cruciferae).

Tomato Diseases - Identification, Biology and Control: A Colour Handbook, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd New edition):... Tomato Diseases - Identification, Biology and Control: A Colour Handbook, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Dominique Blancard
R1,241 Discovery Miles 12 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the successful first edition, this revised and greatly expanded edition Tomato Diseases: Identification, Biology and Control is the definitive work on the diseases and disorders of the tomato. The tomato is the world's most widely produced vegetable. The number of diseases affecting the tomato is enormous: hundreds of bio-aggressors, more than 50 non-parasitic diseases, plus new and alarmingly frequent emerging diseases. Despite considerable progress to curb these diseases, they remain a constant threat to crops, often causing considerable damage. In such a context, the identification, detection, knowledge and control of these diseases-symptoms often can be very similar-are challenges that this book will help overcome. Containing more than 900 color photos, the book consists of two main parts. The first is designed as a diagnostic tool, allowing the reader to alternate between the observation of the diseased plant, environmental questions, and the prioritization of differential diagnoses. The second part comprises numerous information sheets detailing the characteristics of most tomato pathogens, geographic distribution, impact on production, types of symptoms, and life history of the plant. This section also describes the range of plant protection and disease resistance measures currently available. This unique volume is a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific knowledge on parasitic and non-parasitic tomato diseases worldwide. It will address the needs of tomato producers and keen gardeners, as well as those of researchers, teachers and their students.

The Fundamentals of Horticulture - Theory and Practice (Paperback): Chris Bird The Fundamentals of Horticulture - Theory and Practice (Paperback)
Chris Bird
R1,103 Discovery Miles 11 030 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Essential reading for all studying horticulture and keen gardeners. This clear introduction to the principles underlying the practical applications of horticulture opens up the excitement of growing plants and garden development without readers wading through complex information. Written by a team of highly motivated and experienced horticultural tutors, the text supports the newly restructured RHS Level 2 qualifications with related Level 3 topics in boxes and signposting to Level 4 topics, together with other horticultural qualifications at these levels. Full colour images tied closely to the text and practical case study boxes inspire readers by making topics relevant to their own horticultural experiences. A comprehensive glossary helps build confidence in the use of classical horticulture language as well as new developing terms, and end-of-chapter questions encourage readers to apply what they have learnt. Extensive online supporting material includes mind maps showing the relationship of topics and aiding students in revision.

Mr Guilfoyle's Honeymoon - The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain (Paperback): Diana Hill, Edmee Cudmore Mr Guilfoyle's Honeymoon - The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain (Paperback)
Diana Hill, Edmee Cudmore
R1,056 R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Save R89 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explore the grand gardens and forests of Europe and Britain with esteemed landscape designer William Guilfoyle, as he did with his wife on their honeymoon. The Guilfoyles took their Grand Tour honeymoon in 1890, at the height of William's reputation as the architect of one of the world's great botanical masterpieces, Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. His visits to impressive landscapes - as diverse as Kew Gardens, Versailles and the wild gardens of England - inspired a series of illustrated articles, which were published to great acclaim on his return to Australia.

The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,276 Discovery Miles 52 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 5 completes the series, and includes many important ornamental families, such as Labiatae, Solanaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Acanthaceae, Campanulaceae, and the largest family of Dicotyledons, the Compositae.

The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,533 Discovery Miles 55 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 1 contains accounts of all the Monocotyledons, which includes those groups known informally as the 'petaloid monocotyledons' (the Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae in the first edition, divided here among 17 families), the grasses and sedges (Gramineae and Cyperaceae), the aroids (Araceae) and the large and diverse Orchidaceae.

Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello (Paperback, Third Edition): Edwin Morris Betts, Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello (Paperback, Third Edition)
Edwin Morris Betts, Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins; Revised by Peter J. Hatch
R332 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R60 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The restoration of the flower gardens at Monticello in 1941, sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, was the result of Edwin Betts's scholarly research and Hazlehurst Perkins's practical gardening skills. Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello presents the evolution of Jefferson's ornamental gardening efforts with an analysis of the flower gardens as they were planned, planted, and ultimately restored.

No early American gardens were as well-documented as those at Monticello, which became an experimental station, a botanic garden of new and unusual plants from around the world. Betts and Perkins communicate here the nature and sources of Jefferson's intelligent venture into ornamental gardening.

The third edition includes a revised plant list, annotation of the more than 100 species cultivated in the flower garden, and new illustrations.

Biological Control - Ecology and Applications (Hardcover, New title): George E. Heimpel, Nicholas J. Mills Biological Control - Ecology and Applications (Hardcover, New title)
George E. Heimpel, Nicholas J. Mills
R1,287 Discovery Miles 12 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Biological control is the suppression of populations of pests and weeds by living organisms. These organisms can provide important protection from invasive species and protect our environment by reducing the need for pesticides. However, they also pose possible environmental risks, so biological control interventions must be undertaken with great care. This book enhances our understanding of biological control interactions by combining theory and practical application. Using a combination of historical analyses, theoretical models and case studies, with explicit links to invasion biology, the authors cover biological control of insects, weeds, plant pathogens and vertebrate animals. The book reflects increasing recognition of risks over the past 20 years, and incorporates the latest technological advances and theoretical developments. It is ideal for researchers and students of biological control and invasion biology.

Wine and War - The French, the Nazis and France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback, New Ed): Don Kladstrup, Petie Kladstrup Wine and War - The French, the Nazis and France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback, New Ed)
Don Kladstrup, Petie Kladstrup 2
R361 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R67 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the vineyards, wine caves, and cellars of France as war and occupation came to the country winemakers acted heroically not only to save the best wines but to defend their way of life. These are the true stories of vignerons who sheltered Jewish refugees in their cellars and of winemakers who risked their lives to aid the resistance. They made chemicals in secret laboratories to fuel the resistance and fled from the Gestapo when arrests became imminent. There were treacheries too, as some of the nation's winemakers supported the Vichy regime or the Germans themselves and collaborated. Donald Kladstrup is a retired American network correspondent. He and his wife Petie have accumulated these fascinating stories, told with the pace and action that will fascinate fiction and non-fiction readers alike.

The Garden Farmer (Hardcover): Francine Raymond The Garden Farmer (Hardcover)
Francine Raymond 1
R597 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in You Magazine 'A lavish monthly guide to getting the most from your garden' Daily Mail A punnet of plums from your tree, a handful of gooseberries; home-grown nuts and herbs, and a few freshly laid eggs from your hens - all enjoyed in your own small plot. What could be more satisfying? The Garden Farmer is an evocative journal and monthly guide to getting the most out of your garden throughout the year. Whether you are a keen gardener looking for inspiration, or just starting out and wanting to rediscover and reclaim your patch of earth, Sunday Telegraph garden-columnist Francine Raymond lays the groundwork for a bountiful year of garden farming. Maybe you would like to get outside more, grow a few essential vegetables, some fruit trees or bushes for preserving, and create a scented kitchen garden to provide for you year round. Or perhaps you will raise a small flock of ducks or geese, or even a couple of pigs? Could this be the year you decorate your home with nature's adornments, encourage wildlife back to pollinate your trees and plants, and spend celebratory hours in a haven of your own creation? Each chapter of The Garden Farmer offers insight into the topics and projects you might be contemplating that month, along with planting notes and timely advice, and a recipe that honours the fruits of your labour. With just a little effort and planning, every garden can be tended in tune with nature, and every gardener can enjoy a host of seasonal delights from their own soil. Keep up-to-date with Francine's gardening adventures on her blog at kitchen-garden-hens.co.uk.

Innovation and Technological Catch-Up - The Changing Geography of Wine Production (Paperback): Elisa Giuliani, Andrea Morrison,... Innovation and Technological Catch-Up - The Changing Geography of Wine Production (Paperback)
Elisa Giuliani, Andrea Morrison, Roberta Rabellotti
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the supremacy of 'Old World' countries (France and Italy) in the international wine market has been challenged by new players, such as Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, which are recording stunning performances in terms both of export volume and value. This book demonstrates that such a spectacular example of catch-up goes beyond simply copying new technologies; it entails creative adaptation and innovation, and introduces a new growth trajectory in which consistent investments in research and science play a key role.

Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery (Hardcover, New): John C. Hartsock Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery (Hardcover, New)
John C. Hartsock
R540 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1998, Gary and Rosemary Barletta purchased seven acres of land on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Descending to the west from the state route that runs along on the ridge overlooking the lake, the land was fertile, rich with shalestone and limestone bedrock, and exposed to moderating air currents from the lake. It was the perfect place to establish a vineyard, and the Barlettas immediately began to plant their vines and build the winery about which they had dreamed for years.

The Barlettas' story, as John C. Hartsock tells it, is a window onto the world of contemporary craft winemaking, from the harsh realities of business plans, vineyard pests, and brutal weather to the excitement of producing the first vintage, greeting enthusiastic visitors on a vineyard tour, and winning a gold medal from the American Wine Society for a Cabernet Franc. Above all, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery describes the connection forged among the vintner, the vine, and terroir. This ancient bond, when tended across the cycle of seasons, results in excellent wines and the satisfaction, on the part of the winemaker and the wine enthusiast, of tasting a perfect harvest in a single glass.

Today, Long Point Winery sits on seventy-two acres (eight of which are under cultivation with vinifera grapes) and produces sixteen varieties of wine, a number of which are estate wines made from grapes grown on their property. With interest in winemaking continuing to grow, the Barlettas' experience of making award-winning wines offers both practical advice for anyone running (or thinking of running) their own winery, whether in the Finger Lakes or elsewhere, as well as insights into the challenges and joys of pursuing a dream.

Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria for Horticultural Crop Protection (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): P. Parvatha Reddy Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria for Horticultural Crop Protection (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
P. Parvatha Reddy
R4,998 R3,846 Discovery Miles 38 460 Save R1,152 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The use of synthetic pesticides has undoubtedly resulted in the achievement of increased crop production. However, in recent times, there has been a considerable pressure on consumers and farmers to reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides in horticulture, since fruits and vegetables are consumed afresh. This concern has encouraged looking for better alternatives which are cheaper and eco-friendly than synthetic pesticides. It is well known that plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) play an important role in maintaining crop and soil health through versatile mechanisms. There are two main outcomes or effects from beneficial microorganisms: enhanced plant growth and crop protection, both of which represent the two main constraints to agriculture. The information on biomanagement of pests (insect and nematode pests, fungal, bacterial and viral/phytoplasma diseases) of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, plantation, spice, tuber, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic crops) using PGPR is very much scattered. There is no book at present which comprehensively and exclusively deals with the above aspects on horticultural crops. The present book deals with biomanagement of pests in horticultural crops in detail using PGPR. The present book deals with biomanagement of pests in horticultural crops in detail using PGPR. The present book is divided into six sections. The first section deals with the importance of PGPR including introduction, potential role of PGPR in agriculture, genera of PGPR, disease management, nematode management, insect pest management, integrated pest management, mechanism of biocontrol, mass production, formulation, delivery and commercialization. Pest management in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate fruit crops is dealt in Section II. The third section deals with pest management in Solanaceous, bulbous, Malvaceous, Cruciferous, Leguminous, Cucurbitaceous, leafy and root and tuber vegetable crops. Pest management in plantation and spice crops is in Section IV. Section V deals with pest management in ornamental, medicinal and aromatic crops. The last section deals with a road map ahead including challenges, future prospective and conclusions. The book is extensively illustrated with excellent quality photographs enhancing the quality of publication. The book is written in lucid style, easy to understand language along with adoptable recommendations involving eco-friendly components of IPM.

Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing (Hardcover): Mark A Matthews Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing (Hardcover)
Mark A Matthews
R809 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R174 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wine is a traditional product with traditional explanations. Oft-romanticized, Old World notions of how to create fine wine have been passed down through generations and continue to dominate popular discussions of wine quality. However, many of these beliefs predate science and remain isolated from advances in the understanding of how crops grow and fruit ripens. Allegiance to them has frequently impeded open-minded investigation into how grapevines interact with the environment, thus limiting innovation in winegrowing. In Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing, Mark A. Matthews applies a scientist's skepticism and scrutiny to examine widely held beliefs about viticulture. Is terroir primarily a marketing ploy that obscures understanding of which environments really produce the best wine? Is reducing yield an imperative for high quality grapes and wine? What does it mean to have vines that are balanced or grapes that are physiologically mature? Matthews explores and dissects these and other questions to debunk the myths of winegrowing that may be holding us back from achieving a higher wine quality.

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