In the vineyard – practical advice for April

Overview of the past harvest Where available, make use of NDVI’s to spot the differences in the vineyards. See if this is due to irrigation leakage, soil (sampling), disease (including Leafroll virus) or broken trellis systems. To help the vines build up enough reserves for the next season, apply a balanced fertilizer through the irrigation…

ECHALAS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Yesterday we had a very interesting information day at Anthonij Rupert Wines, presented by Lucinda Heyns of the IGWS with inputs from Rosa Kruger, about Echalas vineyards in South

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za

OLD VINES – THE ESSENCE AND THE PURPOSE

It’s been a long week so far, travelling almost 800 kilometers through the Breedekloof (Rawsonville region) all the way to Skurfkop (Or Skurfberg as some might call it) between Clanwilliam and Lambertsbay in the West Coast.

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za

Mulching and soil temperatures

We have a little experiment on a farm in the Voor-Perdeberg area. It is a block of Cabernet Sauvignon with supplementary irrigation (not the one in the photo, that is Cinsaut for The Blacksmith Barebones). The soil form is Klapmuts of the Malmesbury Shale family, with a moderate water permeability.

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za