Archive | December, 2013

Budburst to flowering; organic Pinot perks up

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills With such a warm spring in Marlborough thus far, canopies in all the focus vineyard blocks have been growing rapidly. Budburst and flowering are significantly earlier than last year (1-2 weeks), and the vineyard workers have been doing well to keep up with the job requirements of a […]

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Steady growth through flowering

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate Caine Thompson, previously Mission Estate viticulturist, has moved on to a new position at Pyramid Valley Vineyards. We thank Caine for his excellent contributions to this project over the years and welcome Steve Wheeler to the team for our final season. We have continued with a mild and relatively […]

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Nutrition through the season; more conversion plans

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture The latest field day at the School House vineyard saw a good, albeit lower-than-usual turnout of 30 people. Perhaps a sign of the season as much as anything (with everyone preoccupied in their vineyards) – the vines seem to be growing before our very eyes after a […]

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Foliar nutrition notes

In field days at all of our Organic Focus Vineyard sites this November, Andrew Naylor, National Viticulturist for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, gave a featured talk on his corporate perspective on foliar nutrition for vines. Organic Focus Vineyard project viticultural advisor Bart Arnst also discussed how he advises his organic clients on foliar nutrition. Their approaches […]

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