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Vinification Aspects of Mechanically Harvested Grapes

Vinification Aspects of Mechanically Harvested Grapes

1 INTRODUCTION Current trends are moving increasingly towards the mechanisation of the harvesting process.For a cellar to receive mechanically harvested grapes, it is necessary to make a few adjustments with regard to the offloading system, grape crusher and...
Calculating the Cost of Mechanisation

Calculating the Cost of Mechanisation

According to the Oxford English Dictionary mechanisation means “to substitute mechanical power for man or horse power”. In the wine industry mechanisation also takes place to create favourable conditions for quality improvement which is often the...

Mechanisation in the Paarl Area

The main areas in the viticultural industry where mechanisation is possible, are: Harvesting Foliage management Planting (vine and trellis system) Pruning (shoot removal only or fully mechanised) The mechanisation of harvesting and foliage management can be...

Summary of Cost of various Trellising Systems

Summary of Cost of various Trellising Systems J L TRUTER AND P C BOTHA Agricultural Economists – VinPro (SA) Consultation Services ROW WIDTH POLE LENGTH 2.1m 2.5m 2.75m 3.0m 3.3m TRELLIS SYSTEM 47 rows 40 rows 36 rows 33 rows 30 rows Rand/ha Rand/ha Rand/ha...
Work Programme – April 1999

Work Programme – April 1999

1. PLANNING AND PREPARATION 1.1 Short-term Study your block records and decide which blocks should be replaced. Decide on cultivars and rootstock in consultation with your cellarmaster and/or viticultural advisor. Block project: Give your crop particulars to your...

Enzymes involved in wine production (Part 3)

In this third article about enzymes involved in wine production we look more specifically at the industrial enzyme preparations, as well as possible new enzyme applications.   INDUSTRIAL ENZYME PREPARATIONS As mentioned, the endogenous enzyme activities of grapes...