Fairhaven continues the aggressive expansion program to include new growing space for 100,000 new vines! The houses are the New Atlas R-3 with a revolutionary arch design that greatly increase the strength of the design.
All of the new houses received the newest of the poly coverings, the Atlas designed, 5 year coverings that are UV stable and allow up to 90% light transmission.
This fall marks the beginning of production in the new propagation house with the planting of hybrid select rootings for spring 2017 production.
Fairhaven Vine Nursery Expands Development of TVM’s Brilliant-
Over the last 24 months we have expanded the developmental work with Munson’s Brilliant. As part of this project we have stepped up the pace of propagation and integrated the Brilliant into our breeding program.
In the lab we have been working on understanding the vintification of this wonderful variety. Brilliant displays some amazing characteristics that include very good PD tolerance (With supporting imidicloprid program), superior juice chemistry profile, astounding drought and heat performance. Easily capable of cranking out 27 brix at a sustained 105 degree growing environment the Brilliant holds great potential for the production of soft, fruity, rose’ dessert wines.
“As remarkable as the wines at Fairhaven are, the cultivar hybridization and improvement research is even more so.”
The originator must have a great fund of enthusiasm, and an ambition to add something to the general fund of human development for the benefit of the world at large, and, that he may reap some personal compensation, or enjoyment, he must have an intense love of close communion with nature, causing him to admire the infinite correlated life movements; to study the loves and hates prevailing in all organic life and growth, discovering the great fundamental truth in ethics, as well as in the development of organic beings, that love breeds life, hate breeds death. Such a spirit of investigation leads the student of biology, especially when working in this field of the most practical application of the principles of biology, to the contemplation of the all binding energies and impulses belonging to, and circulating through, by mutual reciprocation, influencing and controlling all objects, thus creating the best concept of the Self -Governed Infinite.
Thomas Volney Munson
Foundations of American Grape Culture 1909
Fairhaven has expanded its famous collection to include all five of the existing types of Lenoir. These types are the original Lenoir (Black Spanish or more correctly the Blue French), the Favorite (a hybrid of Herbemont and Lenoir), the Herbemont (the Brown French), the Jaquez, and the Rulander (Lousinana Bourquiniana).
This extraordinary group of vines is divided into two subclasses, the Type “A”, represented by the Lenoir, the Jaquez, the Herbemont, and the Favorite. This group is characterized by its deeply lobed leaves and larger compound clusters.
Recent DNA testing has shown the Jaquez to be synonymous with the Lenoir but retains an important historical significance due its dispersal from the European continent. Fairhaven has preserved the pure genetic line originally sourced from France in the 1800’s.
The Rulander is the only known survivor of the “B” Type Lenoir. It differs from the “A” Type by having foliage that is shouldered (only slightly lobed), and simple clusters.
The field trials conducted at Fairhaven over the last four years have revealed that the Rulander is capable of producing juice chemistry that is slightly better than the standard Lenoir, and displays greatly improved resistance to pathogen attacks on the fruit clusters. Rulander’s heat, drought tolerance is in line with the rest of this genetic group. It is also highly tolerant of Pierces Disease.
We feel that this rare vine has a bright future for production of quality juice in the more humid regions such as those in south Texas, Lousinana, and the rest of the Deep South.
Fairhaven has begun aggressive production of the Rulander and we hope to have the vine available in good numbers by mid-2016.