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Steaming the Bottling Line

Steaming the Bottling Line

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Steam is one of the most widely used methods of sanitizing a bottling line and cartridge filter prior to bottling. If done properly a “sterile bottling” can be secured at each bottling run. Steam, for safety reasons, is a nuisance, yet most wineries still ...
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Vineyard Bacterial and Fungal Trunk Diseases Prevention and Control

Vineyard Bacterial and Fungal Trunk Diseases Prevention and Control

Crown Gall symptoms caused by A. vitis By: Judit Monis, Ph.D., Vineyard Health Consultant Grapevine trunk diseases occur worldwide and can be caused by bacterial or fungal pathogens, and sometimes a combination of both. Pathogenic bacterial and fungal pathogens can be found colonizing the vineyard soil. It is important to ...
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Are You Seeing the "Low Hanging Grapes?"

Are You Seeing the “Low Hanging Grapes?”

(What if OSHA Came Knocking at Your Door?) Frequent Winery OSHA Violations - Are You in Compliance? By: Michael Harding, Senior Risk Solution Specialist, Markel Specialty If you’ve been doing this for a while, no one needs to tell you that operating a winery is NOT a simple business. There ...
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The Results Are In! The Annual Email Benchmark Report

The Results Are In! The Annual Email Benchmark Report

By: Susan DeMatei Each December, WineGlass Marketing releases email benchmarks for the wine industry. We do this because having a bar to evaluate email performance has always been a challenge within the wine ecosystem. Benchmarks are widely available for broad categories such as “Retail” or “Food and Grocery,” but finding ...
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Farming & Making Alternative Varieties for a Changing Climate

Farming & Making Alternative Varieties for a Changing Climate

By: Becky Garrison According to Steven Thompson, winemaker for Analemma Wines (Moiser, OR), they chose to plant new varietals in their certified biodynamic winery because they are a good match in terms of micro-climates, as well as a strategic marketplace differentiation. “This spectrum of varietals ripen at different times to ...
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Innovations & Technologies for Large Vineyard Equipment

Innovations & Technologies for Large Vineyard Equipment

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Vineyards use several types of equipment to turn grapes into wine, and this includes everything from tiny devices to huge pieces of machinery. Large machinery is used for canopy management, spraying, maintenance, harvesting and other purposes, which means that vineyards need year-round support from equipment companies ...
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Automated Inspection Systems Offer Consistency, Reliability and Measurable Results

Automated Inspection Systems Offer Consistency, Reliability and Measurable Results

By: Gerald Dlubala Research shows that wine purchases are primarily made based on the bottle’s overall shelf presence, meaning the label, the brand, the story behind that brand and total aesthetic appeal. Every part of that shelf appearance is geared toward having the consumer pick your bottle from all the ...
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Biologicals, Organics And The Sustainable Vineyard

Biologicals, Organics And The Sustainable Vineyard

By: Gerald Dlubala Biologicals represent a broad grouping of pest management products that are sourced from nature and derived from plants, animals, fungi, bacteria and minerals. Whether or not a biological can be certified organic depends upon the active ingredients, inert ingredients and formulation procedures, as well as whether transgenics ...
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Software for Wineries: Time-saving Technology Lifts Wineries to Higher Levels of Productivity

Software for Wineries: Time-saving Technology Lifts Wineries to Higher Levels of Productivity

Credit: Vintrace By: Cheryl Gray Software applications are helping wineries worldwide manage day-to-day operations from vineyard to table, including that often elusive commodity: time. From tracking product inventory to monitoring grapes’ ripeness, time-saving winery software choices are available for virtually every business need. The question of what applications are on ...
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Pest & Disease Control:

Pest & Disease Control:

Industry Specialists Help Vineyards Protect Their Most Valuable Commodities  By: Cheryl Gray In “The Wizard Of Oz,” Dorothy and her friends were afraid of lions and tigers and bears. For vineyards, danger lurks behind mealybug and nematodes and fungi. Oh my. Insect pests and diseases can wreak havoc on vineyards, ...
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