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Red Roses for Valentine’s Day

Red Roses at Kumeu River Winery

Red Roses at Kumeu River Winery

It’s the time of year again when the vineyards get shrouded in bird netting. These vines have been under cover for a few weeks and want out, as do the roses which are planted at almost every other row according to ancient tradition.

Kumeu River Winery, next to State Highway 16.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. jb

    Reason being that roses show signs of mildew before the vines, giving the vintner a heads up and time to get out his chemical spray.

    Unless, of course, you plant Queen Elizabeth as one local vintner did. Unfortunately totally mildew-resistant…

  2. saryu!!

    How interesting and how smart. I always thought it was just for its aesthetic value.

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