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From natural resource to scarce commodity

From natural resource to scarce commodity

The old adage, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry” rings particularly true now we’re in the midst of a drought. Waterwise changes must be implemented and sustainable. By Bernard Mocke The ongoing drought means that increasing focus is being put on the...
Vititec reports

Vititec reports

What do you do in times of drought – dig for water! Vititec has a new borehole on the farm, which will supply water to its greenhouses and sheds where the grafted vines are stored. Vititec has also been receiving vines from its various nurseries and seems off to a...
Small bugs, big problems

Small bugs, big problems

There are several microscopic maladies that can affect grapevines. Particularly fascinating and challenging is the dreaded leafroll virus, since conventional antimicrobial measures are not effective against it.   They say small things amuse small minds. But what about...
Making it possible

Making it possible

Since going at it alone in year, team Porex SA is stronger than ever. Porex SA has been supplying the wine, spirits, juice, olive oil and water industries with top-end German-manufactured products for the past 17 years. Despite changes in the structure of the company...
SA champions leafroll virus management

SA champions leafroll virus management

The South African wine industry has made huge strides to halt the spread of leafroll virus through focused research, trial sites and a formalised Leafroll Control Protocol. The leafroll virus poses a major threat to wine grape producers as it can potentially shorten...
What you sow . . .

What you sow . . .

Gen-Z, the industry-driven project to plan and plant vineyards using the latest technology, research and innovation, and co-ordinated by VinPro, is gaining momentum. The vineyard of the future depends on how we plan and execute certain vineyard actions today. The...
Plant vines with a plan

Plant vines with a plan

How do you go about establishing a new vineyard? Know your soil, choose top-quality plant material and be aware of pitfalls when planting your vines. This was the message at a recent technical day in Vredendal where specialists emphasised the importance of proper soil...
Settling a new vineyard?

Settling a new vineyard?

Stop and read this first. Do you have a goal for your news vineyard? If not, get one. Vineyard development is a long-term, capital-intensive decision. VinPro’s agricultural economic services thought it would be a good initiative to set up an example of vineyard...
Vititec on a roll

Vititec on a roll

Leaf roll virus inspections, monitoring of various cultivar vines and Elisa testing. This is what’s happening at Vititec right now with leaf roll virus inspections on 81 sites during which time 1 605 877 red cultivar vines will be monitored visually by five...
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