Grapegrower and Winemaker: Irrigation

Croptide sensor in situ Cloudy Bay Marlborough. Credit: Cloudy Bay Water management is an increasingly visible part of sustainability and this is pushing the wine industry to review current irrigation practices in a bid to reduce usage. To read about the new technology and scientific research being used to manage irrigation in New Zealand vineyards,Continue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Irrigation”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Sowing cover crops

Cover crops at Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago. Credit: Gareth King, Felton Road There are many reasons to plant cover crops and if they are to be part of vineyard management, then the first task will be determining which sowing method is best suited to the site in question. Informed decision making in the earlyContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Sowing cover crops”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Purpose-built tools

Image: Amisfield cleaver, Central Otago. © Simone Madden-Grey Meet with any vineyard manager and soon enough the talk will turn to the latest piece of ingenuity to solve a problem in the vineyard. For this month’s edition of Grape & Wine I share some of the discoveries made during my last time home to NewContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Purpose-built tools”

The Drinks Business: Water Management

The Drinks Business Green Issue January 2022 Water conservation is an integral part of the wine industry’s response to drought, water scarcity and increasing global temperatures. Events such as Jackson Family Wines Rooted for Good, Michelle Bouffard’s Tasting Climate Change and The Porto Protocol – Climate Talks provide a valuable means of sharing water managementContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Water Management”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Non-chemical weed management

Image: (L-R) Sytze Riemersma, Archie and Rudi Bauer at Quartz Reef, Central Otago. © Simone Madden-Grey Recent studies documenting increased herbicide resistance across New Zealand together with key export markets reviewing glyphosate use is driving interest in non-chemical weed management techniques amongst grape growers.  To find out what techniques are being used in New Zealand clickContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Non-chemical weed management”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Diverse cover crops

Image credit: Marlborough OWNZ Winter Symposia, Lisa Duncan 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.Continue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Diverse cover crops”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Technology in the vineyard

Image credit: Jonas Werner Hohensee At the nexus of organic viticulture is wellbeing and a holistic view of sustainable land management that takes into account vineyard health and the health of those working in the vineyard. This integrated approach to viticulture is gaining traction and being driven forward in some part, by advances in technology.Continue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Technology in the vineyard”

The Drinks Business: Smoke Taint Management in Australia

Image Credit: The Drinks Business, September 2021 edition Wine production in bushfire country is immensely challenging and at the core of Australia’s bushfire response is the latest in scientific and technological innovation. Satellite imagery, machine assisted learning, nanofabrication and nanofiltration are being used by the Australian wine industry to manage fire damaged vineyards and smokeContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Smoke Taint Management in Australia”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Eco-friendly Packaging

Wool sleeve. Credit: nzwinehome and wool hero I really enjoyed researching and writing this article about some of the innovative ways the wine industry is working to create environmentally friendly options when it comes to packaging. From wool to mushrooms to food waste, there are some exciting products out there. Click here to read theContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Eco-friendly Packaging”

Grapegrower and Winemaker: Early Smoke Detection Network

Dr Ian Porter sampling smoke. La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia. In the April 2021 issue of Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker I speak with Dr Ian Porter about his research and work to create an early smoke detection network in Victoria, Australia. I also review the recent climate forecasts for New Zealand and consider theContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Early Smoke Detection Network”