Ancient domestic vine in Magrè
One of the most ancient domestic vines twines a facade in Magrè.
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If only this grapevine could talk, it would fill a series of books with its story.
In October 1601 a grape scion was grafted, which means that a sprout of a vine was planted into the soil until it produced rooted. Then it was separated from the mother plant and planted at its place of destination. In this case already the original vine was a really old plant.
In these days a certain Domenig de Valentini was tenant of the Feichter family estate. The vine, however, was planted on a particular occasion. On a so-called marble corbel a stonemason noted down the German and Ladin name of the planting as an shorthand symbol. Today you can admire this corbel next to the grapevine.
Domestic grapes used to be planted on certain occasions such as a wedding, the birth of a son and heir, a new construction or a farm handover. It is a symbol of fertility or perpetual renewal.
The ancient domestic vine of Magrè is located along the road in the village. Again and again its existence was endangered by routings of cables etc. Thanks to the local nature conservation authority the ancient domestic grapevine it is still flourishing today and also gives good returns. Only 25 years ago the public started to indicate interest in this plant.
Generally speaking, the ancient domestic grapevine of Magrè is one of the most precious natural monuments of South Tyrol.