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October 3, 2013 | Harvest 2013 | Neil Bernardi

Ampelography – The Study and Identification of Grapevines

I was cruising around the other day with Jerry Chong, our esteemed Grower Relations Manager, looking at various vineyards, and was thinking back to VIT 102.  This was one of my favorite classes since it was taught out in the experimental vineyard and focused, in part, on the arcane skill of ampelography.  A big part of the class was focused on morphology of various varietals, and being able to identify vines purely from the look of their leaves and canopy.  I had relatively little talent for this, but was incredibly impressed by the oracle-like skills of the instructor Andy Walker, who could have identified a specific varietal with his eyes closed and upside down.  Test your skills - can anybody tell me what the leaf is below?  

Migration Vineyard Leaf


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Erika V
@ Oct 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM
That looks like Pinot Noir to me! Now who knows the clone!?

David's Gravatar
@ Oct 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Could it be the leaf of a Chardonnay vine? You know Chardonnay!

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Neil B
@ Oct 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Pinot Noir it is! Chard and the Pinots (Noir, Blanc, Gris) have fairly similar shape and dentation.

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Bernard E Deham
@ Sep 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM
This cannot be a pinot leave which has three distinctive parts (sorry about my English) the shape of this leave is much too regular. A chardonnay also is more irregular, close to the pinot, than the leave on the picture

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anna annie
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