Does music influence the taste of wine

The effect of music on plant growth

Do the sounds of Mozart and Bach fruits really give a better taste? Conversely, does Heavy Metal let plants wither or even die? We've looked at some of the funniest studies of the effects of music on plant growth.

Classical music: Mozart and Bach for good wine?

Not only one Italian winemaker in Tuscany has been playing classical music on part of his vines for several years. According to reports, including in the WELT, the vines in the fields with music should be healthier and ripen earlier. There is even a change depending on the season and the maturation process: Mozart and Haydn in winter, Baroque such as Bach or Vivaldi in spring, and exclusively piano pieces during maturity. There are now also winemakers in Germany and France who rely on this type of plant protection, even in Bordeaux, plants are used to improve plant resistance (video on YouTube). The wines often get top marks - we cannot say with certainty whether it is the music. Nevertheless, we are always happy when a better harvest is achieved in an ecological way.

Heavy metal and the effect from plant growth

There are also statements regarding heavy metal and the effect on plant growth. A British TV gardener reports that the quality is improved when he exposes his plants to heavy metal. The band Black Sabbath with singer Ozzy Osbourne achieved the best results in this attempt. Although the Inca lilies grew a little smaller than the comparison plants (these were exposed to classical music and Cliff Richard), the flowers were all the stronger. He also found a higher disease tolerance. The plants that were delighted with the sounds of Cliff Richard in this experiment were lost, by the way, whether it was through music or sabotage could not be determined. So do plants have a taste in music? What does science say

Science and Research

The effect of music on plant growth has always been studied by various scientists. The French physicist Sternheimer has even applied for a patent for his "quantum music". The tones of quantum music should lead to an increase in plant growth through sound waves. The reason for this is said to be a protein produced by the sound waves. Other scientists, including the Italian author and biologist Stefan Mancuso, assume that the sound movements of the music have an effect on the plants (link to the article). Plants do not have ears, but sensitive membranes in the plant cells can react to sound waves. Mancuso accompanied a study in Italian viticulture for over 10 years. This study also came to the conclusion that the grapes tasted more aromatic.

In 2013 Christina Schäftner wrote a diploma thesis entitled "Music and Plants -" Phytomusicology "on the test bench" at the University of Vienna. The author has dealt with research reports and articles from over 60 years. Most of this research showed positive results from the influence of music on plants. However, she could not find a clear and verifiable proof of the influence of music on plant growth in the work. The experimental set-ups, the choice of plants and the environmental conditions of the experiments are too different. The WDR has also already had research carried out at Forschungszentrum Jülich; effects on the plants could not be determined in this experiment.

So whether music really makes a positive contribution to plant growth and higher disease resistance cannot be said with certainty. Obviously it doesn't do any harm either!