Season Two Results: The story of vintage 2013

coverWe 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 picture of the vineyards’ journey into organic production, focusing on the results and experiences of their second year of the organic transition period. From pest and disease levels and yields, to operating costs and management decisions, it’s all here.

Data from the adjoining conventional vineyards is presented alongside the organic, as a rough comparison.

Download the report here: Organic Focus Vineyard Annual Report, Vintage 2013

Higher-resolution copies for printing, and a select number of print copies, are available by request. Contact project manager Rebecca Reider,

If the report doesn’t answer all your questions, you may like to check out the following supplementary documents…

For more details on monitoring data for pest & disease, yields & maturity, soil moisture & irrigation, and financial costs, produced by our monitoring team at Fruition Horticulture: Fruition Organic Focus Vineyard Report 2012-13

Full itemised list of financial operating costs for all organic and conventional vineyards, produced by Fruition: Appendices – OFV Financial Data 2012-13

The focus vineyard managers have detailed their observations and practices with more thorough technical detail in these reports:
Central Otago: Gibbston Valley Wines Manager’s Report 2013
Marlborough: Wither Hills Manager’s Report 2013
Hawkes Bay: Mission Estate Manager’s Report 2013

The photos in the slideshow below were taken pre-harvest on each focus vineyard, with organic and conventional photos taken on the same day.

  • Hawkes Bay: Organic MerlotHawkes Bay: Conventional Merlot
  • Marlborough: Organic Sauvignon BlancMarlborough: Conventional Sauvignon Blanc
  • Central Otago: Organic Pinot Noir, clone 6Central Otago: Conventional Pinot Noir, clone 5
  • Marlborough: Organic Pinot NoirMarlborough: Conventional Pinot Noir
  • Central Otago: Organic Pinot GrisCentral Otago: Conventional Pinot Gris
  • Hawkes Bay: Organic SyrahHawkes Bay: Conventional Syrah