Viticulture

Keeping producers at the forefront of viticultural practices with expert advice.

The Viticultural Consultation Service’s seven viticulturists tend to the needs of producers in the respective wine districts, inter alia via:

  • The Viticultural Consultation Service’s seven viticulturists tend to the needs of producers in the respective wine districts, inter alia via:
  • Facilitating the Winetech Technology Transfer Project
  • General industry involvement, such as conferences, workgroups and committees.

Contact a viticulturist for general advice or recommendations regarding wine grape cultivation. An hourly rate includes travel, visit and reporting time. A quote can be requested before consultation.

Individual consultation involves advice on a contract or ad hoc basis, focusing on:

  • Long-term farm and cultivar planning
  • Establishment advice
  • Trellis and vine development methods
  • Vineyard management practices for a specific wine goal
  • Irrigation system choice and scheduling
  • Determining optimum ripeness
  • Short-term planning and prioritisation of actions
  • Environmentally friendly viticultural practices.

Individual consultation involves advice on a contract or ad hoc basis, focusing on:

  • Analysing problem areas and formulating strategies
  • Block and production data analyses
  • Long-term planning, e g production requirements according to marketing plan and compiling cultivar guidelines
  • Determining the grading, selection, evaluation and potential of blocks
  • Assistance and training to cellar viticulturists
  • Production or quality improvement projects
  • Advice on implementing the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) Scheme

Alternatively, consultation is also provided to persons and bodies not in the wine industry, e g farm and soil evaluations to determine the potential for production and quality, evaluation for farm purchases or feasibility studies.

Winetech is the business unit tasked to co-ordinate research and technology in the wine industry.

VinPro is contracted to facilitate the Winetech Technology Transfer Project, which includes:

  • Regional information days in May and September
  • Vineyard block evaluations and block competition days
  • Identifying research needs
  • Viticultural study groups.

Contact:

Manager
Francois Viljoen
Tel: +27 (0)21 276 0432
E-mail: viljoenf@vinpro.co.za

Breedekloof
Leon Dippenaar
Cell: +27 (0)83 455 5194
E-mail: leon@vinpro.co.za

Paarl/Swartland
Hanno van Schalkwyk
Cell: +27 (0)83 455 5192
E-mail: hanno@vinpro.co.za

Olifants River
Gert Engelbrecht
Cell: +27 (0)72 152 4028
E-mail: gerte@vinpro.co.za

Robertson/Klein Karoo
Hennie Visser
Cell: +27 (0)83 455 5193
E-mail: henniev@vinpro.co.za

Stellenbosch
Conrad Schutte
Cell: +27 (0)82 804 0422
E-mail: conrad@vinpro.co.za

Worcester
Pierre Snyman
Cell: +27 (0)83 455 5191
E-mail: pierre@vinpro.co.za