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Vineyard mustard: just for looks or does it serve a purpose?

by TrevR on February 2, 2009

Every year around this time we see a couple familiar sights in the local vineyards. First, the bright yellow mustard begins to appear between the barren rows of vines. Second, on a daily basis we see tourists wading out into the mustard, sometimes waist-deep, to snap pictures of what is truly a gorgeous sight.

With that said, today we thought we’d share a super-short, but hopefully somewhat educational, video we created about the function of vineyard mustard. Check it out and let us know what you think:

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, napa mustard, napa valley mustard, vineyard, vineyard mustard]

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • http://thewisetourist.com/destinations/ Jim

    I’ve always wondered why the wild mustard. Aside from the benefits it provides for the vines, it also creates a beautiful landscape.

  • http://thewisetourist.com/destinations/ Jim

    I’ve always wondered why the wild mustard. Aside from the benefits it provides for the vines, it also creates a beautiful landscape.

  • http://thewisetourist.com/destinations/ Jim

    I’ve always wondered why the wild mustard. Aside from the benefits it provides for the vines, it also creates a beautiful landscape.

  • cgentsch

    I am with a small winery in Texas, and would like to know the real benefit of growing wild yellow mustard in the vineyards. I have seen that it helps irrigate the soil, but what nutrients does it add? Is it really beneficial? Also, where can I get bulk Yellow Wild Mustard seed to get things started???
    Thank you,
    Craig

  • TrevR

    Here's another great blog post with lots of details on yellow mustard and the benefits, etc. http://pinanapavalley.blogspot.com/2009/02/cove

  • cgentsch

    Thanks for the link. Very informative.
    Next question: do you, or anyone out there, know where I can get BULK wild mustard? I have only been able to find 5 lb bags, and they're too expensive.
    Anyone know a Vineyard Manager?
    Thanks,
    Craig

  • cgentsch

    Thanks for the link. Very informative.
    Next question: do you, or anyone out there, know where I can get BULK wild mustard? I have only been able to find 5 lb bags, and they're too expensive.
    Anyone know a Vineyard Manager?
    Thanks,
    Craig

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