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Reducing inputs: cover crops, mulching and biodiversity with Luke Spalding at Chalk House Vineyard 2000 1333 Sectormentor for Vines

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

Luke is running fascinating trials at Chalk House 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…

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

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 – Chalk House Vineyard 2000 1333 Sectormentor for Vines

Case study: Luke Spalding – Chalk House 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 for Vines

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 for Vines

Case Study: Dan Rinke & Ian Nelson – Johan Vineyards

Johan Vineyards is owned by Dag Johan Sundby, a Norwegian immigrant who headed to the Williamette Valley, Oregon, USA in 2004 to establish the 85 acre Johan estate vineyard. In 2007 Dan Rinke became vineyard manager there, and under Dan’s direction, within 3 years the vineyard became biodynamically certified. It is an exceptionally beautiful spot…

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

Know your vines #7: How to optimise your yield prediction and the power of the Yield Prediction 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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How alive is your soil? Assessing soil health at Bee Tree Vineyard with Vine-Works 800 534 Sectormentor for Vines

How alive is your soil? Assessing soil health at Bee Tree Vineyard with Vine-Works

We’re starting to work with vineyards on exploring soil health monitoring and the value it can bring to the enterprise. Bee Tree Vineyard in West Sussex is owned and run by Vine-Works, who also provide a suite of management services from planting through to harvest for vineyards across the UK. They use their 1.5 hectare…

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Use maps to save your sample locations 1418 705 Sectormentor for Vines

Use maps to save your sample locations

We’ve got fanmapstic news! GPS mapping for sample points on Sectormentor for Vines is now available for iPhone and Android! This makes it really easy to come back to the same sample sites when monitoring your vines. What does this mean? For every sample site a GPS location can be saved using the Sectormentor for…

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Case Study: Darcy Gander – Vine-Works 1000 667 Sectormentor for Vines

Case Study: Darcy Gander – Vine-Works

Vine-Works was founded by James Dodson and Darcy Gander and has been establishing, managing, maintaining and supporting vineyards across the UK for over a decade. They work with single growers, small businesses, farmers, landowners and some of the country’s largest wine producers, providing a complete range of vineyard management and technical services from concept to…

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Know your vines #6: Optimise your yield prediction and the power of our Yield Prediction Tool – PART 1 3024 4032 Sectormentor for Vines

Know your vines #6: Optimise your yield prediction and the power of our Yield Prediction Tool – PART 1

In our Know your Vines blog series we share practical tips on what metrics to monitor in your vineyard. This is the sixth instalment, stay tuned for more as the seasons unfold! “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Use flower and bunch counts to optimise yield prediction July is the perfect time…

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“The more data I have about what’s going on in the vineyard the better I can do my job. We use it to record things like flowers per vine which gives us an early prediction of yields. It’s simple, you just record the things you need.”