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 technicians. And another 38 sites to be visited, while 302 142 vines will be tested by means of Elisa.

An order of 30 000 bundles of grafting material for the nursery industry also has various people running around, although all of the material has been inspected by Vititec technicians throughout the year. Chenin Blanc is the largest order followed by Colombar, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in 5th place.

According to Renier Louw at Vititec, there has been a definite increase in demand for red varieties like Durif, Grenache Noir and Malbec. “We’ve also noticed growing interest in our table grape cultivars.”

The following red cultivars will be inspected:

  SCION VINE AS % of
ORDER CULTIVAR PLANTED TOTAL
1 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Total 340 830 21.22
2 SHIRAZ Total 276 249 17.20
3 PINOT NOIR Total 251 796 15.68
4 PINOTAGE Total 213 077 13.27
5 MERLOT Total 98 142 6.11
6 RUBY CABERNET Total 83 792 5.22
7 PETIT VERDOT Total 59 835 3.73
8 CABERNET FRANC Total 57 811 3.60
9 CRIMSON Total 42 339 2.64
10 CINSAUT NOIR Total 36 265 2.26
11 GRENACHE NOIR Total 21 037 1.31
12 MALBEC Total 17 829 1.11
13 MOURVѐDRE Total 17 178 1.07
14 CARIGNAN Total 14 765 0.92
15 TANNAT Total 14 426 0.90
16 MUSKADEL ROOI Total 10 840 0.68
17 DURIF Total 8 808 0.55
18 TEMPRANILLO Total 8 453 0.53
19 TOURIGA NACIONAL Total 5 865 0.37
20 SANGIOVESE Total 4 817 0.30
21 TINTA BAROCCA Total 4 283 0.27
22 MEUNIER Total 3 668 0.23
23 SOUZAO Total 3 586 0.22
24 NEBBIOLO Total 3 284 0.20
25 BARBERA Total 2 459 0.15
26 RED GLOBE Total 1 334 0.08
27 CARMENERE Total 1 087 0.07
28 ZANTE KORENTE Total 539 0.03
29 ZINFANDEL Total 340 0.02
30 ALICANTE BOUSC Total 240 0.01
31 ROOBERNET Total 120 0.01
32 TOURIGA FRANCA Total 108 0.01
33 AUTUMN ROYAL Total 100 0.01
34 FLAME SEEDLESS Total 100 0.01
35 GAMAY NOIR Total 97 0.01
36 COUNOISE Total 82 0.01
37 TERRET NOIR Total 66 0.00
38 TINTA AMARELLA Total 53 0.00
39 CORNIFESTO Total 50 0.00
40 LLEDONER PELUT Total 50 0.00
41 MARSELAN Total 50 0.00
42 VILLARD NOIR Total 27 0.00
Grand Total 1 605 877

 

The top 10 red varietals in relation to each other:

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