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In response to continued pressure on natural resources, viticulture has extended its focus beyond the vineyard to a broader consideration of ecosystems. Sowing a mixed cover crop supports a diverse ecosystem and offers gains in soil health, pest pressure management and ultimately, the production of quality fruit. As Mike Saunders, Viticulturist at Greystone Wines North Canterbury says, “We work in a diverse, multi-talented, resilient wine industry. Our people aren’t a monoculture, so why do we expect our vineyard to be.”
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