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In 1974, during a study trip to France, the US winemaker David Adelsheim from the US state of Oregon had the astonishing experience that the local Pinot Noir and Chardonnay v ines apparently produced quite different or better results (wines) than those in the USA and that they were also much less susceptible to disease. Three years later, such were exported to Oregon and trials began on a larger scale of the vines known as "Dijon Clones". It was a lengthy process, but today nearly 1,000 hectares of vineyards in Oregon are planted with Dijon Chardonnay vines. This was followed by Australia, where they were called "Bernard Clones" after the scientist, and California. This was the beginning of the triumphal procession. In the meantime, Dijon vines are used all over the world.

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