Production

The future of pruning

The future of pruning

Pellenc’s aim is to make mechanical pruning affordable, profitable and reliable. Four decades after the launch of its first mechanical pruning shears and the sale of more than 300 000 units worldwide, Pellenc has introduced its sixth-generation mechanical shears. The...
Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

There are compelling reasons for using inboetstokkies to increase the lifespan of a vineyard and to avoid underutilising soil capacity. Sandile Mkhwanazi investigates. The planting of replacement vines, commonly known as inboetstokkies, has been neglected,...
Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Harvesting grapes from vines that have been exposed to bushfire smoke can result in wines containing smoke taint, commonly described as having “smoky, burnt and ash” aromas and “cigarette, ashtray, acrid and metallic” flavours. It is believed that smoke particles and...
Home terroir advantage

Home terroir advantage

Hosting this year’s SA National Young Wine Show and winning a national trophy with its signature grape, were especially gratifying for Orange River Cellars, writes Sandile Mkhwanazi. When the winner of the National Champion trophy for the best natural sweet wine...