People have long talked to their plants in the belief that it helps them grow healthy and strong.
Now, at a vineyard in South Africa the hills are alive with the sound of music instead.
They are playing classical music to the grapes round the clock, convinced that it relaxes the fruit and improves the flavour in the bottle.
Scientists in Pretoria heard it on the grapevine, and are trying to get a Handel on what’s going on.
Professor in Plant Pathology and Microbiology at the city’s university, Lise Korten said:“The impact of music on plant cell growth or bacterial growth, directly impacts on the growth rate. There’s some evidence of that on cell wall structures and then also on the cell content.”
Other experts are sceptical, and believe the musical wine growers are Bach-ing up the wrong tree.
Viticulture specialist, Dr Albert Strever from the University of Stellenbosch said: “I’ve not come across a single experiment on grapevine in a controlled environment or with replicates, that say that grapevine quality, or growth, or grape composition, is stimulated in any way by sounds. It is derived mostly, the perception, which in some cases sound more like folklore that comes from early days.”
Musical winemaker Carl van der Merwe denies he is on a Haydn to nothing. He describes his young Syrah as spicy and peppery with slightly herbal undertones.
The music, he believes, allows the grapes to remain on the vine for longer, meaning his staff can delay Chopin’ them down.
“This particular wine came from a vineyard that actually had the music being played to it, and I’d love to tell you that I can hear the sound of baroque music in the glass,” van der Merwe said. “But we believe that the music in this particular block has steadied the growth. Giving it a bit more hang time, and funnily enough the alcohol on this wine was not as high as we’d seen on the other blocks.”
Whichever school of thought is correct, there are two composers who will be eternally linked to the production of wine — Brahms and Liszt.
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Russian rumour mill suggests Putin suffering poor health | euronews, world news
- 3Slovenia becomes 11th EU nation to approve gay marriage | euronews, world news
- 4[LIVE] Germanwings passenger jet crashes in southern France, 148 people on board – authorities | euronews, world news
- 5Exclusive: CIA and Mossad are behind Boko Haram and ISIL, says Sudan president | euronews, world news
- 6Indian rapist says women to blame for being sexually assaulted | euronews, world news
- 7International news | euronews, latest international news
- 8French Alps plane crash treated as suicide and mass murder by co-pilot | euronews, world news
- 9Why is Bulgaria the EU’s most unhappy country? | euronews, world news
- 10eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 11Greece’s claim for war reparations from Germany explained | euronews, world news
- 12Reaching new heights: Parents in India scale walls to ‘help students cheat’ | euronews, world news
- 13Tens of thousands march in Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov | euronews, world news
- 14International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 15French prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot appears to have crashed plane deliberately | euronews, world news
- 16Manufacturing jihad – Nicolas Hénin explains what he learned about ISIL | euronews, the global conversation
- 17Germanwings press conference mystery: what wasn’t he supposed to say? | euronews, world news
- 18Which EU country has the biggest gender pay gap? | euronews, world news
- 19Romania left red-faced after France-Germany map gaffe | euronews, world news
- 20London calling: why home-loving Hungarians are flocking to British capital | euronews, reporter