Ronald L. Winters and colleagues, http://fairhavenvinenursery.com, at Fairhaven Vineyards in Hawkins, TX, for their tireless dedication to the Heritage genetic lines of post-Civil War American Hybrid grapes. “Nearly eight years of field testing and selection, has led us to the inner secrets of this incredible line of vines! While working with the 279 varieties of American hybrids, Fairhaven has identified, grown, and field tested, relentlessly, to sort out the most desirable varieties from this group of superb vines.” Ronald has provided me with Brilliant, Delicatessen, Lomanto, Mrs. Munson, Muench, Nitodal, and Wine King
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