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Grapes have been cultivated by humans for at least 5000 years and are used to produce raisins, vinegar and wine. They are mainly grown by the home orchardist for delicious, fresh eating, Table or Dessert Grapes. Commercially approximately 80 percent of Grape production is turned into wine or brandy. The 2 species grown for both purposes are known botanically as Vitis vinifera from Europe and Vitis labrusca from North America and there are many hybrids thereof.

Grapes are highly ornamental as well as productive and if grown in the right conditions they will be relatively pest and disease free. In wet humid conditions grapes are susceptible to a fungal disease called Botrytis. This is not always seen as a negative thing as Botrytis, AKA 'Noble Rot' causes the grapes to have highly concentrated sugar levels. These grapes are used to produce delicious dessert wines.


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Wairere Nursery
826 Gordonton Road, R D 1, Hamilton 3281 Ph: (07) 824 3430 Email:     Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm