Pest Control is a Major Part of the Wine Business
When we think of the work an oenologist does, we usually imagine them out in the vineyards closely studying the grapes, or in the winery sniffing each batch to make sure it was harvested properly. While innovations in quality control and harvesting are certainly important to fine wine, there is another, less glamorous side of oenology that we often forget about. Oenologist must team up with entomologists, who must research and design new ways to control pests in the vineyards. Entomology is the study of pests. If they did not constantly discover new forms of pest control and pesticides safe for the wine grapes, countless harvests would be ruined every year around the world.
An Entire Conference is Dedicated to the Issue
Since pest control bears so much importance on the success of the wine grape harvest every year, there is an annual daylong conference held at the University of California, Riverside to address the issue. It is sponsored by the university’s Department of Entomology, as well as the California Association of Pest Control Advisors. Panel discussions and seminars will be held to inform oenology attendees of new advances in pest control, as well as to address any questions people might have about protecting the harvest. Napa Valley wines are the focus of the discussion, but people from all over the world can gain a better understanding of pest control for their region.
Pest Control Goes Beyond the Protection of the Vineyard
Pest control is not only important for the protection of the wine grapes, but also for the protection of the local ecosystem. Entomologists cannot simply think of ways to kill off every last bug to protect the wine. Doing so would ruin the natural order of living organisms, so they must also keep the pest population in mind. For example, a certain pesticide might also kill honeybees, which would negatively affect California’s honey industry. In addition to protecting certain bugs, the entomologists must also check with the oenologists make sure the grapes are still safe to consume after being treated with pesticides.
Oenology and entomology intersect in the vineyards to help vintners create successful batches of wine. They must protect wine grapes from pests while protecting those same pests from extinction. Next time you go to sip your glass of Zinfandel, you should take a moment to consider all of the research behind making those grapes healthy and delicious.
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