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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...
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...
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