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Why do most vineyards have rose bushes at the end of the vine rows?
Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

Other than the intrinsic beauty of roses, which add a beautiful splash of red amongst the green foliage of a vineyard, the reason that rose bushes have been planted at the end of vine rows is that they act as a "canary in a coal mine" for grape growers. The rose bush and grapevine are susceptible to some of the same destructive maladies, particularly cryptogamic diseases like powdery and downy mildew. Both are also attacked by aphids. Roses tend to be affected earlier than nearby vines, thus serving to alert the vineyard caretaker that preventive treatments may need to be applied.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, China and the U.S. Roger is one of America's first Masters of Wine.

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