With 283 acres of wine grapes on a more than 2,000-acre ranch — complete with organic walnuts, olives for oil and grazing cattle — it’s the largest vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles, where the mountainous terrain, limestone-like soils, and ocean influence comprise a vintner’s paradise.[...] the property was in the midst of a major transition from simply selling grapes to becoming its own estate winery, which made the stakes even higher for the new vineyard manager.What Pope didn’t realize, however, was that Halter Ranch was soon to be on the front lines in the fight against red blotch, the latest grapevine disease threatening vineyards across the continent.Pope is one of the few farmers not afraid to speak openly about his battle with red blotch, which, if left unchecked, could greatly diminish both the quality and quantity of California wines, from Napa to Santa Barbara counties.For one, leafroll is an RNA virus spread by vine mealybug, while red blotch infects the DNA and affects different varieties differently — Sauvignon Blanc leaves, for instance, don’t turn red early, and yields aren’t too hampered in Cabernet Sauvignon.The leading, and really only, suspicion is that infected vines entered the extensive commercial nursery system that growers rely on for new plantings.Since the virus was unknown, it wasn’t tested for, so spread widely as thousands of acres of vines were planted across the country over the past two decades.While Fuchs and others are examining genetic means of protecting plants against leafroll, red blotch, and other diseases — vaccines for vines, essentially — the only way to deal with red blotch right now is to either completely rip out your vineyard or methodically “rogue” it, taking out infected blocks or vines one by one.[...] it’s better than the alternative: a recent study published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture said that, when all economic factors are considered, red blotch could reach a $28,000-per-acre annual loss for high-end Napa vineyards.“That changed the dynamics,” explained Steve McIntyre, who farms 12,000 acres of grapevines in Monterey County and sat on the committee to stop the spread of the sharpshooter.Though he suspects there may be other vectors — there’s at least one other species that seems to be spreading the disease in cooler and hillside areas, whereas the treehopper prefers warmth and pools of water — finding the treehopper was a critical step.“If all the parties sit around the same table with the goal of producing and adopting clean material, I would venture to say that, in less than 10 years, the virus won’t vanish, but it will reach a very low level that will be very easy for the industry to manage,” pledged Fuchs.
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