VINEYARD LONGEVITY

  Vineyards are long-term investments expected to annually generate profitable yields of high quality winegrapes over many years (Fig. 1).  Unfortunately, too often this expectation is not fulfilled.  There are three common reasons for shortened profitable...

SOIL AMENDMENTS FOR VINEYARDS – WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  Soil amendments are materials incorporated into the soil in vineyards to improve their soils’ physical, chemical, and biological properties. The three most common amendments are gypsum, compost, and lime. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in...

VINEYARD BUSINESS IDENTITY AND MARKETING

Every business has an identity – that is a commonly held impression of its character within its market.  For example, those of us involved in the winegrape industry hold certain perceptions about other vineyard businesses we know and wineries we deal with.  Some...

VARIETY FOCUS: CHARDONNAY

  In the late 1980’s, as sales of varietal wines began to overtake those of blended wines, Chardonnay emerged from minor importance to displace Chenin blanc and Colombard as the major white wine variety in California.  It has since proven to be adaptable to...

NATURAL LAWS AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

Vineyards are populations of grapevines and associated organisms supported by air, water, and soil resources.  As such, they constitute ecosystems or perhaps more precisely, agro-ecosystems.  While vineyard ecosystems are artificial, rather than natural, they are...