Viticulture

VinPro’s viticultural consultants keep producers at the forefront of best practices with expert advice and technology transfer.

VINEYARD CONSULTATION

Wine grape producers can contact a viticultural consultant for:

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

Advice can be either once-off, ad hoc or on a contract basis. An hourly rate includes travel, visit and reporting time. A quote can be requested before consultation.

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.

CELLAR PROJECTS

Cellars can contact a viticultural consultant for:

  • 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  to cellar viticulturists
  • Production or quality improvement projects
  • Advice on implementing the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) Scheme

Advice can be either once-off, ad hoc or on a contract basis. An hourly rate includes travel, visit and reporting time. A quote can be requested before consultation.

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

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 farmer days
  • Identifying research needs
  • Managing viticultural study groups.

GET CONNECTED

Get connected to VinPro’s network of viticultural expertise by:

  • Becoming a VinPro member – link to Become a Member page
  • Attending our technical transfer events – link to Events page.
  • Talking to your nearest viticultural consultant – link to Meet the Team below.

MEET THE TEAM

Francois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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