Production

Back to (soil) basics

Back to (soil) basics

Driven by a worldwide trend towards regenerative farming practices, producers across the globe are returning to soil management practices of old. Jana Loots explores the basic principles and benefits of this more sustainable approach in the vineyard.    ...
It’s time to have the cultivar conversation

It’s time to have the cultivar conversation

With the wine world still abuzz after Bordeaux winemakers voted in favour of approving seven new grape varieties for their wines to fight climate change, it’s time the South African wine industry also considered which cultivars to pitch to the world, writes Johannes...
Growing vines without water

Growing vines without water

What do you get when you study chemistry and are naturally inquisitive? A winemaker! Wanda Augustyn discovers how small the leap from chemist to winemaker is.     It all started in 1977 after Yair Margalit obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from the...
The mechanical pruning of vineyards: when is it convenient?

The mechanical pruning of vineyards: when is it convenient?

The use of machines during pruning, which is already widespread in Australia and California, has been gradually introduced in many wine-growing areas of the world to meet the needs of containing labour and consequently the management costs. Mechanical pruning is often...