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Why biodiversity means better terroir – Part 1: Life in the soil and cover crops 305 232 Sectormentor

Why biodiversity means better terroir – Part 1: Life in the soil and cover crops

This guest post by Hans-Peter Schmidt from the Delinat Institute & Mythopia was originally posted on Raw Wine in 2013. Hans kindly gave us permission to share it in a three part series, and said  “A few of years have passed since I wrote this, but the battle for biodiversity & terroir is still on,…

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Case Study: Adam Foden at Gusbourne Estate 750 1000 Sectormentor

Case Study: Adam Foden at Gusbourne Estate

Sectormentor helps link soil health to vine productivity – Adam Foden at Gusbourne EstateGusbourne Estate spans across two vineyards, one in Kent and one in West Sussex, planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. Their growing ethos is low intervention, allowing nature’s processes to work. The Gusbourne approach to winemaking is no different –…

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Case Study: Matt Strugnell at Ridgeview Estate 543 407 Sectormentor

Case Study: Matt Strugnell at Ridgeview Estate

Matt Strugnell at Ridgeview Estate Ridgeview Estate is an award-winning vineyard just to the north of the South Downs in East Sussex. Ridgeview are at the forefront of English sparkling wine production, and ship their delicious wines around the world, having won several international wine trophies in the process. Matt Strugnell is the viticulturist responsible…

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Case Study: Successful vintner, Will Davenport, tells us how Sectormentor helps him harvest top quality grapes 1920 2560 Sectormentor

Case Study: Successful vintner, Will Davenport, tells us how Sectormentor helps him harvest top quality grapes

  Every year Will found himself struggling to keep on top of everything he needed to know in the run up to harvest to ensure they got the best quality grapes: “The ripening process is different every year and choosing picking dates can be crucial to wine quality. I was keeping data on spreadsheets to…

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Reducing inputs: cover crops, mulching and biodiversity with Luke Spalding at Everflyht Vineyard 2000 1333 Sectormentor

Reducing inputs: cover crops, mulching and biodiversity with Luke Spalding at Everflyht Vineyard

Luke is running fascinating trials at Everflyht Vineyard, which we had the pleasure of seeing when we visited in August 2019. He sees the positive management of ecology as an investment in the long-term health of the vineyard. Improving soil carbon and biodiversity kick-starts natural cycles, building healthy soil which supports healthy vines, and healthy…

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Know your Vines #9: Record harvest weights and analyse yield performance with our Harvest Tool 4032 3024 Sectormentor

Know your Vines #9: Record harvest weights and analyse yield performance with our Harvest Tool

In our Know your Vines blog series we share practical tips on what metrics to monitor in your vineyard. This is the ninth instalment, stay tuned for more as the seasons unfold! “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” I heard it through the grapevine, not much longer ‘til grapes turn to wine…

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Case study: Luke Spalding – Everflyht Vineyard 2000 1333 Sectormentor

Case study: Luke Spalding – Everflyht Vineyard

Join us for a walk around a beautiful spot in East Sussex, a 2.6-hectare vineyard run by data lover Luke Spalding. The vines are fairly new, they’ve been in the ground for 4 years and will be producing at full potential in the next year or two. Another 4.5 hectares of vines are due to…

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Chalk House Vineyard
Know your Vines #8: See patterns in how your grapes are ripening & predict your harvest date earlier 2000 1333 Sectormentor

Know your Vines #8: See patterns in how your grapes are ripening & predict your harvest date earlier

In our Know your Vines blog series we share practical tips on what metrics to monitor in your vineyard. This is the eighth instalment, stay tuned for more as the seasons unfold! “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Monitor grape sugar and acidity to get the balance just right – all made easier…

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Case Study: Dan Rinke & Ian Nelson – Johan Vineyards 4032 3024 Sectormentor

Case Study: Dan Rinke & Ian Nelson – Johan Vineyards

Acclaimed vintner, Dan Rinke, tells us how he uses the Vine Health Indicator to manage his 90 acre biodynamic vineyard: “I know if my cane weights are lighter I need to apply heavier compost, or run animals in that part of the vineyard to get the biology and nutrition cycling better. Now I’m using Sectormentor…

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Know your vines #7: How to optimise your yield prediction and the power of the Yield Predictor Tool – PART 2 5184 3456 Sectormentor

Know your vines #7: How to optimise your yield prediction and the power of the Yield Predictor Tool – PART 2

In our Know your Vines blog series we share practical tips on what metrics to monitor in your vineyard. This is the seventh instalment, stay tuned for more as the seasons unfold! “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Use bunch weights at lag phase and veraison to optimise yield prediction In part…

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