Archive: Vineyard Info

The 2016 U.S. Vineyard Harvest Review

And that’s a wrap! By now, all vineyards across the country have finished harvesting except for ice wine. States from coast to coast have been reporting about their vineyards’ harvests for 2016, and the results have been overwhelmingly optimistic. In this article, we highlight the harvests in a few key wine-producing regions in the U.S. and take a look at how the 2016 harvest compared to previous years and the factors that came into play this year. In anticipation of the new year ahead, we’ll also look at estimates for wine production and quality for 2017. California Harvest for 2016 After a pretty normal growing season, California vineyards saw an early winegrape harvest this year. According to the California Department […]

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Advancement in Diagnostic Technologies for Plant Pests and What This Means for Vineyard Disease Management

As a viticulturist, you have at some point in your career noticed undesirable qualities, such as decreased yield or peculiar sugar content, within your vineyard. In some cases these characteristics are caused by environmental factors like frost damage, or a human error resulting in pesticide damage. In other cases a plant pathogen could be the underlying cause of your crops diminished quality. Plant pathogens are classified into at least five groups including fungi, bacteria, viruses, viroids, and phytoplasmas. Unfortunately, there are organisms belonging to each of these groups that can quickly wreak havoc on all the blood, sweat, tears and capital you have invested in hope of producing a quality crop. Controlling plant pathogens isn’t always the most straightforward activity. […]

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Mobile Bottling Preparation

Preparing for bottling, mobile or not, is no easy challenge. The key to success while preparing for the mobile bottler to arrive is communication and planning. This can’t be stressed enough when you digest the topics below and we can use this document even if we have our own bottling line. When It is recommended to contact a mobile bottler at least 6 months prior to actually needing them. Discuss the overall plan from wine styles, case volume, road access for their truck and address other questions the bottling operator may have. Then request their spec sheet in terms of label wind, label spool core size, label spool size, capsules, bottle styles, screw cap capabilities etc. Does the mobile bottler […]

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Idaho Wine Re-Emerging After 160 Years

Although vineyards were established in the state in the 1860s, say “Idaho” and the first thing that comes to mind for most is the famous white potato, not wine. But it was Idaho that first produced award-winning wines in the Pacific Northwest. Today, they hide in the shadow of their famous neighbors, but Idaho’s wineries are slowly emerging into the limelight and taking advantage of the state’s natural resources. Idaho’s small and somewhat ‘secret wine industry’ is partly due to their late arrival to the modern wine world. Idahoans approved a state-wide ban on alcohol in 1916, four years before a national prohibition went into effect. As elsewhere, Prohibition halted a promising wine industry, started in the late 1860s by […]

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Ontario Shoppers! You Can Now Purchase Your Wine at a Grocery Near You

October 28, 2016, is the date of the next step in the steady march toward greater access to wines of Ontario. On that date, wine will be found on the shelves of 70 groceries throughout the province. The day comes just eight months after the February 2016 promise made by Premier Kathleen Wynne to eventually permit up to 300 groceries to offer wine, including imports, just down the aisle from the steak and cheese. The suggestion to open Ontario’s grocery market to wine was included in the recommendations of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets presented in April of 2015. The report said, “First, we are recommending the creation of a new retail channel for wine that is separate […]

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Make Your Bottle Images Sell For You!

As the saying goes: “a picture is worth a thousand words”. When it comes to your business, it may as well be worth thousands of dollars in revenue. Let’s look at some data: • People are attracted to images: they remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read, and 80% of what they see.¹ • People are really attracted to images when shopping: 67% of e-commerce users say the product image is “very important” in purchase decision-making, even more so than the product description (54%) and ratings and reviews (53%).² • First impressions matter a lot: the average person’s attention span is only 8.25 seconds… less than a goldfish that clocks at 9!³ Big players are well […]

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POMACE: From Trash to Treasure

The vineyard is a miraculous place where sugars and flavors come from the earth each year and are used to produce the wines of the world. But did you know that the vineyard is also a production center for powerful anti-oxidants and polyphenols in all parts of the plant? While the value of the fruit of the vine is well known, the value of other components of the process are only beginning to be realized in the United States. Pomace is the solid remains of grapes, olives, or other fruit after juice or oil has been extracted. The remains include stems, seeds, skins and pulp. It is an unavoidable consequence of winemaking, and so, the question becomes, what should be […]

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VINEYARD DEVELOPMENT:

New Technologies Applied to Diagnostics During the fall season vineyard managers and winemakers are busy with harvest activities. The sugars must be right and flavors have to be special. They hope that the rain will come just in time and after the last grape bunches are harvested. When this article comes out, all this will be over (or almost over) and the winemaking tasks likely will have started. This is the time that vineyard managers and winemakers should start to plan for any new vineyard development in the horizon. If you heard me speak or met with me personally, you know my philosophy: plan ahead. When planting a new vineyard, likely you will need to place your order for grafted […]

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Wineries Reinvent Tastings as Experiences!

Standing in a simple tasting room debating whether to splurge on a $5 reserve tasting and souvenir wine glass is so 1990s. Wineries now offer farm-to-fork seasonal wine and food pairing, visually unique rooms with pool tables and vintage pinball machines, even zip-lining over the vineyard. The T-word has been replaced by the E-word as wineries supplement conventional wine “tastings” with wine “experiences”. The Grapevine Magazine interviewed three wineries from both coasts about their innovations in tastings, and we start in the heart of Napa Valley. Hands-On Education at Sequoia Grove Sequoia Grove, best known for Rutherford appellation cabernet sauvignon, is a self-described “gem hidden among the giants.” You can see that description come to life as you enter the […]

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Viticulture in Argentina

I always talk and write about grapevine diseases, after all this is my area of expertise. Few of you may know that I am originally from Argentina. Today I will share with you the winegrowing areas in Argentina and how it relates to my favorite topic: diseases in plants. Grapevine pathogens (disease causing agents) originated at the same place where Vitis (the grapevine genus) species originated and were moved from this point around the whole world. Specifically, the varieties and clones that are grown in vineyards belong to the Vitis vinifera species (of Eastern European and Asian origin) while the rootstocks grown commercially belong to American Vitis species. Since early days of grapevine cultivation European and American pathogens have been […]

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