This essential and groundbreaking reference gives a comprehensive overview of one of the most fascinating, important, and controversial trends in the world of wine: the scientific and technological innovations that are now influencing how grapes are grown and how wine is made.
In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. French botanist Jules-mile Planchon was sent to investigate. Magnifying glass in hand, he discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. The aphids would be named Phylloxera vastatrix - the dry leaf devastator. Where they had come from was a mystery.