Attend a series of Vinpro Winetech technical days and find out how to get your vines back on the road to recovery following one of the most severe droughts in the past century.

The Vinpro Winetech Regional Information Days will be held from 21 August to 4 October in the respective wine grape growing areas, with financial support from Standard Bank.

“South Africa’s vineyards have suffered over the past few years due to drought conditions. Although we’ve had good winter rainfall thus far, vines may take some time to fully recover from the drought due to low reserves,” says Francois Viljoen, manager of Vinpro’s viticultural consultation service.

Experts will share management practices and technology available to wine grape producers and viticulturists to address this challenge. The topics include:

  • The use of EMI soil scanning – Jacobus Els, Revolute Systems
  • Precision farming: it all starts in the soil – Johan de Jager, Vinpro
  • Compost: a regenerative tool for soil and vines – Emma Moffat, Stellenbosch University
  • Water footprint of wine – Dr Caren Jarmain, independent researcher
  • The influence of vine reserve levels on management during the upcoming season – Dr Albert Strever, Stellenbosch University.

During the information day in the Robertson/Klein Karoo region, JC van der Walt of Aerobotics will provide an overview of the use of drone data in the wine industry, and Johann Botha of Farmtrack will focus on precision aid in crop production.

A new publication by renowned researcher Dr Phillip Myburgh, Handbook for irrigation of wine grapes in SA, will be launched at the information days, and each attendee will receive a free copy.

The registration fee is R200 to R250 per person. Each session is four hours long and includes refreshments. Don’t miss the information day in your region:

21 August at 09:00, Nelson Estate
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21 August at 14:00, Swartland Cellar
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29 August at 09:00, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
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29 August at 13:30, Aan de Doorns Cellar
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27 September at 14:00, Die Keldery, Vredendal
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Robertson/Klein Karoo: 4 October at 09:00, Robertson Exhibition Hall
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ENQUIRIES: Gaynor Fortuin at tel 021 276 0432 or e-mail


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