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Press release: Organic Vines Shine in Side-by-Side Trial

The final results of a groundbreaking three-year national organic grapegrowing trial are in – and the organic vines have come out shining. In the Organic Focus Vineyard Project, three vineyard teams transitioned half of their grapevines to organic production, while a team of scientists monitored the results and their wine industry peers looked on. For […]

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Final report – supplementary materials

For those interested in the nitty gritty, here are some direct reports from our soil data providers, vineyard managers and winemakers. All of this information is summarised in the final report from the project. Soil Reports from the 3-year Organic Conversion Process Soil Quality Report by Tim Jenkins of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Technologies […]

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Final seminars: Numbers, reflections… and wines to taste!

Please join us for the final public events of the Organic Focus Vineyard Project. The themes are: Numbers, Reflections… and Wine! Marlborough: Friday, 21st Nov 2014, 1pm, at Wither Hills Winery Central Otago: Friday, 28th Nov 2014, 1pm, at the Yacht Club, Cromwell Hawkes Bay: Wednesday, 3rd Dec, 2014, 2pm, at Mission Estate Winery For […]

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Hawkes Bay Harvest 2014

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate We were blessed with ideal ripening conditions this year, resulting in excellent fruit maturity and quality in both the Merlot and Syrah blocks. Accumulated GDD (ca. 1497) was higher than 2013. This was due to an excellent hot spring, combined with average late season temperatures and a high April […]

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Vintage 2014 at Wither Hills

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills 2014 has been a great vintage to finish the Organic Focus Vineyard project in Marlborough. A warm season with well-timed rain events helped to develop the lush canopies and ripen the bountiful crops. These warm and humid conditions meant however that powdery mildew was witnessed on an unprecedented […]

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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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