Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: 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 magazine: Diverse cover crops”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: 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 magazine: Technology in the vineyard”

The Drinks Business magazine: 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 magazine: Smoke Taint Management in Australia”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: 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 magazine: Eco-friendly Packaging”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: 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 magazine: Early Smoke Detection Network”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Wine in a Can

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, February 2021 In this article for Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker I look at the updates in technology and research that are making it easier to put wine in a can, alongside the many benefits of using this packaging. To read the full article click here.

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, October 2020 In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article click here FurtherContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard”