Archive | February, 2014

Cultivation, cost, irrigation: A tour of organic conversions in Central Otago

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture On the 20th of February, the Organic Focus Vineyard field day was held in Central Otago as part of a larger Organic Winegrowers field day. In 37deg heat, winegrowers gathered in Bendigo to first have a walk through the biodynamic Quartz Reef vineyard under the tutelage of […]

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Season Two Results: The story of vintage 2013

We are pleased to present the complete report on Season Two (Vintage 2013) of the Organic Focus Vineyard project. We believe this is currently the most thorough, NZ-relevant resource on the process of converting vineyards to organic production. This report integrates independent monitoring data with the vineyard managers’ experiences and observations. It paints a full […]

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Organic and conventional well matched at veraison

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate The hot and relatively dry weather continued and brought on flowering very quickly. The 80% flowering sprays we applied were Switch in the conventional blocks and BotryZen in the organic blocks. Wire lifting and tucking has been completed across all blocks. High temperatures and periods of strong gusty winds […]

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