Wine grape producers and viticulturists will soon be able to sign in online again for a series of vineyard technical webinars.

Five Winetech Vinpro regional webinars will be presented digitally between 3 September and 8 October 2020, each with a specific focus on issues relevant to the respective wine grape growing regions.

The Olifants River webinar on September 3 will look at maintenance fertilization in vineyards through the use of soil and leaf samples, as well as the management of powdery and downy mildew throughout the season, including the use of Mancozeb. Find out what alternative grape varieties hold potential for the Olifants River region the Gen-Z interplanting project feedback and discuss the future of the wine industry in the context of Covid-19.

The session for Stellenbosch and the Cape South Coast on 9 September will also discover alternative cultivars from different perspectives. A producer will share his views on the cultivars of the future, an expert from Greece will present varieties from this country that best adapt to climate change and Vititec will give an overview of the latest available clones and cultivars. Two researchers will also explore the future of wine grape breeding programs, including specific reference to resistance against powdery and downy mildew.

The Robertson and Klein Karoo session’s program on 16 September includes an overview of new technology and implements, as well as a future look at stock levels and wine prices following the Covid-19 pandemic. Producers can join in on the conversation regarding management practices for trunk diseases and their role in the dieback of bearers and poor bud break, and find out what options are available to them if the industry will no longer be allowed to spray Mancozeb.

Covid-19 and climate are on the agenda for the Paarl and Swartland webinar on 23 September. This will include a forecast of the way forward for the South African wine industry, including the impact of the pandemic on stock levels and wine prices, while participants will also be able to discuss the effect of climate change on the functioning and growth of newly planted vines.

The programme for the session in Worcester and Breedekloof, which will be presented on 8 October, includes the principles and maintenance of irrigation systems, the future of Mancozeb as a fungicide, as well as the management of vineyards given the current wine surplus that will put cellar space under pressure. Lastly, the future plans for the South African wine industry will be discussed.


The industry says:

“Whether it’s about climate change, effective vineyard practices or more eco-friendly agriculture – we need the latest information, and get it from these sessions,” says Johan Montgomery, viticulturist at Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

“The webinars are a one-stop-shop to get the latest information regarding wine grape cultivation. It’s condensed, focused and stimulating,” says Chris Keet of Keet Wines.

“There is always room for personal growth. The Winetech Vinpro regional sessions provide a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and get a fresh perspective,” says Courtneigh Frolicks, junior viticulturist at Vinpro.

“It is important for us at Winetech to not only fund relevant research that benefits the industry, but also the regional sessions as an important platform to communicate research results to the industry,” says Lucinda Heyns, who is responsible for viticultural knowledge transfer at Winetech.

“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,” says Conrad Schutte, manager of Vinpro’s viticultural consultation service.

The registration cost is R150 per person. To attend, book online by clicking on each regional day’s link above, go to or contact Gaynor Fortuin at tel 021 276 0432, email

Wanda Augustyn
Vinpro Communications Manager
Tel: 021 276 0429


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