Recently we were introduced to Chaumette Vineyard and its owner Hank Johnson. Chaumette is a beautiful vineyard located near Saint Genevieve, Missouri, about an hour and a half south of St. Louis. The vineyard consists of several hybrid grapes including Chambourcin, Chardonel, Norton, Traminette, and Vignoles, among others. Interestingly, two of the species we are studying now, Vitis riparia and V. rupestris, were used in the generation of some of these varietals, including Chardonel and Traminette. Hank gave us a great tour of Chaumette, where we had a chance to visit the vineyards, greenhouses, surrounding forests (replete with native Vitis), the lab and wine-making facility. It was a wonderful day at a really breathtaking place. We are grateful to Hank for his enthusiastic interest in science and support of grapevine biology, and for hosting us for this fun and educational visit.
Miller Lab members