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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...
Great quality from 2017 harvest

Great quality from 2017 harvest

As the 2017 wine grape harvest nears its end in South Africa, consumers can look forward to great wines from this vintage. Viticultural consultants from the wine industry body, VinPro, says nearly all the regions have finished harvesting, earlier than usual. “Ideal...
New focus for Agrico

New focus for Agrico

Water-related business and own-manufactured products will be Agrico’s main focus going forward. Agrico is a name that is familiar to most producers and after a successful 100 years in the agriculture industry, a new dispensation is essential for the...
On top of tech

On top of tech

Technology is rapidly changing the global wine world. Edo Heyns joined WineLand readers Attie Louw of Opstal and Charles Williams of De Toren to check out the latest winemaking and viticulture toys on show at Intervitis in Stuttgart, Germany. Drone applications,...
New cultivars, new clones

New cultivars, new clones

What’s your potential? What’s your style? No we’re not talking humans, we’re talking new clones and cultivars planted with the main aim to produce more flavour and intensity and lower yields. In short, quality vines perfect for the South African growing conditions. At...
Small but healthy harvest underway

Small but healthy harvest underway

South Africa’s wine grape harvest is expected to be not much bigger than in 2016, but healthy grapes with intense flavour and colour hold the promise of great wines. The 2016 harvest amounted to 1.4 million tonnes. According to Francois Viljoen, manager of VinPro’s...
Facing the heat

Facing the heat

Are the abnormally dry, warm conditions our new normal? The drought that struck South Africa last year was one of the worst since recordkeeping began. In an era of increasing awareness about climate change, it also raises the inevitable question of how the...
Gen what?

Gen what?

The wine industry is preparing to plant vineyards for the future with a new project that combines technology and natural resources.  Consumers’ rapidly changing preferences call for a proactive wine industry that plans for the future. “Any industry that’s concerned...
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