Your Wines Love a Good Violin Concerto
Well, sort of. Ever heard of Genodics? On top of all the tender loving care that goes into keeping vineyards and their wine thriving, winemakers are turning to the musical stylings of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, to make their wines sing a whole new tune.
What Is Genodics?
Scientists have been exploring the effects of music on plant growth for decades, but Genodics has been advancing the process and results since 2008. Patented by French physicist Joël Sternheimer, the Genodics approach stimulates plants, including grapevines, by playing classical music in 7-8 hour blocks, with some vineyards playing classical music on a continuous 24-hour loop. The end goal? Reducing common disease in plants, thus producing healthier vines and grapes at an increased rate.
From vineyards in South Africa to Italy, winemakers are seeing the fruits of their experimentation with Genodics.
Sure, dancing around to hits by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, or even The Rolling Stones has a surefire positive effect on humans. But, on vines? Not so much. It turns out that positive effects seen from Genodics is dominantly targeted to classical music.
In some studies, Jazz was the only other genre of music that came close to producing similar effects to classical tunes, while plants soaking up the honky tonk vibes of Country music displayed no positive benefits whatsoever. More so, vines without any musical stimulation at all rendered no improvements in their health and vitality.
Denis and Christine Corre-Macquin from Chateau Macquin
So, when it comes to taking Genodics seriously, vines actually have a good taste in music and are more of Wagner fans than Justin Bieber (not like we have something against him)!