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The wine industry calls on wine grape producers, winemakers and viticulturists to get the latest trends and best practices in wine grape cultivation at a series of regional information days from 5 to 19 May 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the COVID-19 lockdown and health and safety considerations, the Information Days will take on a webinar format, with online interaction. Persons who have registered will receive a link to the online webinar platform 24 hours before the event.

“The Winetech Vinpro Information Days are held annually in May and September in six different regions, focusing on the technical viticultural trends and advice relevant to each grape growing area,” says Conrad Schutte, manager of Vinpro’s consultation service.

The Cape South Coast information day on 5 May will focus on cool climate cover crops and Italian vineyard practices, grapevine responses to climate change, dormancy and the timing of pruning.

The Robertson session on 6 May will focus on vineyard management when water reserves are low, cover crops best suited to low rainfall areas which make use of drip irrigation, the importance of and best practice when maintaining irrigation systems, as well as an overview of the effect of the Coronavirus on the industry.

The Paarl and Swartland session on 12 May will share advice on the management of ants, weavils, long-horned grasshoppers and trunk diseases through traditional methods, as well as the introduction of beneficial insects. Experts will also share global trends in organic and biodynamic wine markets and goal-driven cover crop management.

Producers at the Olifants River session on 14 May, will receive feedback from a water management project, tips on effective irrigation system maintenance, and an overview of cutting edge technology, research and best practices observed during an Australian study tour.

At the information day for the Worcester and Breedekloof regions, on 14 May, presenters will give an overview of the state of the wine industry during tumultuous times, the successes and challenges of chemical control in the past season, cover crop management in low rainfall areas and the use of remote sensing to manage wine style and quality.

Experts at the Stellenbosch event, held on 19 May, will share insights on irrigation scheduling to mitigate the effects of excessive wind, in-row vine spacing implications, the value of natural fynbos in conserving biodiversity, as well as an overview of the state of affairs in the South African wine industry.

“We encourage all wine grape producers, winemakers, viticulturists, suppliers to the wine industry and other interested parties to equip themselves with the important information shared at the regional days,” Conrad says.

The registration cost is R150 per person. To attend, book online by clicking on each regional day’s link above, go to www.sales.vinpro.za/events or contact Gaynor Fortuin at tel 021 276 0432 or email gaynor@vinpro.co.za.

 

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