Story: Viticulture

Wairarapa phylloxera free area

Wairarapa phylloxera free area

The Wairarapa region remained free of phylloxera until 2007 – it was the last wine-growing district in New Zealand to become infected with the pest insect. At that time, a quarter of the region’s vines were ungrafted susceptible varieties. To delay the spread of phylloxera to uninfected vineyards, new grape material brought into the district was dipped in insecticide. Phylloxera is easily spread by soil on shoes and vehicles – it is inevitable that it will infect all the vineyards.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Ross Somerville

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Viticulture - Grape varieties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008