Viticulture research

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Alternative cultivars

Alternative cultivars

At the moment there is a fair amount of interest in other cultivars apart from the usual international cultivars that are currently being planted in South Africa. Page 1 of 2 Some producers have already realised that the adventurous wine lover is looking for other...
Black goo decline of grapevine

Black goo decline of grapevine

Current understanding of this mysterious disease Introduction The table and wine grape industry in South Africa has boomed over the past few years, resulting in an increasing demand for new plant material from grapevine nurseries. General take-percentages of young...

Optimum Ripeness in Wine Grapes

The road travelled by a bottle of wine before it ends up on a consumer’s table is complex and consists of a series of wide-ranging processes in the vineyard as well as the cellar. In the production of a bottle of wine, the roles played by the vineyard and by the...

Mapping Vineyard Soils

Establishment of a vineyard is an expensive, long term investment. Establishment cost, for trellised vineyards, can amount to as much as R40 000 per hectare. It is well-known that soil, in addition to climate and viticultural practices, is one of the most important...
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