Grapevines

Grapes are the world’s most important fruit. World grapevine plantings exceed 5 million ha with nearly 9 billion grapevine plants. Overall plantings are relatively static, but there is considerable “churn” due to localised “fashion” demand for particular varieties, changing land pressures, disease losses, and climate changes, etc. Historically this corresponds to approximately 150 million plants per annum in established grape-growing countries. In New Zealand and Australia recent demand has been for approximately 3 million and 12 million new grapevine plants annually; the major markets are Europe (55 million), China (30 million), USA (20 million), Argentina (14 million), Chile (13 million) and Turkey (10 million). About 71% of grape production is for wine grapes, 27% fresh fruit, and 2% dried fruit.


All are clonally propagated by cutting and grafting methods. Disease transmission is a serious issue for vineyards, with tissue-culture providing an important means for obtaining virus-free lines. NuPlant has ten grapevine lines propagated through the SmartClone™ system, ensuring that they remain disease-free.


Most grapevine varieties currently in commercial use, such as Cabernet sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz (Syrah) were adopted before the advent of modern breeding methods. NuPlant has available leading expertise in wine chemistry to explore selection of varieties with superior wine-making potential.

Grapevine varieties available 

 

Purpose

Variety

Clone

1

White wine

Chardonnay

G9VT

2

White wine

Chardonnay

FV110V5

3

White wine

Sauvignon Blanc

H5V10

4

White wine

Viognier

642

5

Dessert wine

Muscat Gordo

J2

6

Red wine

Cabernet Sauvignon

Unspecified

7

Drying

Sultana

H5

8

Table

Red Globe

10-23D

9

Table

Autumn Royal

FPS01

10

Rootstock

Dog Ridge

A6V8

11

Rootstock

1103 Paulsen

200HT

SmartClone™ - Tougher plantlets faster

SmartClone™ changes the tissue culture paradigm. NuPlant’s key technology allows conditions to be customized for each growth phase for more robust plantlets, grading for uniformity, robotic handling for laboratory efficiency, easy soil transfer, and a head start for accelerated nursery growth.