It’s spring time in Italy and that means it also time for planting grafted cuttings — barbatelle in Italian.
Earlier this year, grape grower Luca worked in the Monfumo vineyard to remove certain vines that were no longer productive or had other issues.
In the video below, you see him planting the grafted cuttings that will take and augment their place.
Their called “grafted cuttings” because the “scion”, i.e., the cutting from the desired grape variety (in this case Glera, the main grape used in Prosecco) has been grafted onto American rootstock.
Why American rootstock? Because it is naturally resistant to phylloxera, an insect pest that once decimated the vineyards of Europe (including Italy).
Check out this Wikipedia entry on grafting for a better understanding of how grafting works. In short, the scion is selected for its fruit while the rootstock is selected for its roots.
In a few years, these vines will produce grapes that can be made into Prosecco.