You too can grow these berries and make sweet wine

Wikus Venter, a manager at Morendat Farm in Nakuru. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The farm produces 150,000 bottles of wine annually but has plans to do a million by the end of next year, according to Venter.
  • The vines, once planted, can stay in the farm for up to 30 years before they are uprooted and fresh seedlings are planted.
  • Dr Lusike Wasilwa, the Assistant Director in-charge of Horticulture and Industrial crops at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro), says a number of diseases which attack the grapes can be contained by keeping the field clean.

As you approach Naivasha town from Nakuru, a canopy of eucalyptus trees line both sides of the busy highway, forming a cool shade that has defied the scorching sun that welcomes you to this dusty town.


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