Image: Oxin Smart Machine Technology is offering many ways to streamline winery and vineyard operations, address labour pressures and reduce the impact of production on the environment. In my next article for Wine Industry Advisor I look at three inventions from New Zealand that are making a difference. Click here to read.
Vines pruned using sap flow method at Place of Changing Winds, Macedon. Credit: Simone Madden-Grey Winter activities in the vineyard are underway in the southern hemisphere and interest in sap flow pruning is increasing as growers investigate the benefits offered by this method. Click here to read about who has implemented this method and whatContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Sap flow pruning”
Cover crops at Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago. Credit: Gareth King Scientific research has benefitted greatly in the last decade from advances in technology. As a result, previously agreed paradigms in some areas of research have shifted. Understanding the role living plants have to play in cover crop management is one such example. To readContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Managing cover crops”
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”
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”
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”