Practical in the vineyard

South African vineyard soils and climates

Geology The traditional South African vineyard areas are located mainly along the coastal zone and toward certain inland areas of the Western Cape Province. This landscape is characterised by very old geological formations that are still clearly visible due to...
The complexity of tannins

The complexity of tannins

  Tannins are usually associated with substances occurring in the bark of trees, which are used for the tanning of hides. The tanning process is basically a reaction between the proteins in the hides and tannins. Wine also contains tannins, originating from the...

Liming and the amendment of soil acidity

How to manage soil pH To counter the development of acidity in your soil, the following  three instructions should be followed: 1. Monitor the pH of your vineyard soil at least every three years The place of monitoring, whether at the drip (especially where fertiliser...