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Soil health in your vineyard: Do you know your earthworms? 590 442 Sectormentor for Vines

Soil health in your vineyard: Do you know your earthworms?

A quiz created by Jackie Stroud, soil scientist at Rothamsted Research, also known as ‘The Worm Lady’! Did you know there are three different types of earthworms at work in your soil? Each type lives in a specific layer and performs a unique function which contributes to the soil’s health and therefore your vine’s health.…

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Capturing Carbon on your Vineyard 659 353 Sectormentor for Vines

Capturing Carbon on your Vineyard

“If you want to capture carbon, you have to think like carbon!” Check out this Short from Farmerama Radio, a podcast sharing the voices of smaller scale farmers, about Carbon Farm Plans and monitoring carbon from Charles Schembre at Napa County Resource Conservation District. Charles Schembre is a Soil Conservationist at the Napa County Resource Conservation District,…

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The art and science of accurately predicting your vineyard yield 1920 1440 Sectormentor for Vines

The art and science of accurately predicting your vineyard yield

Why do crop estimates? Crop estimates are important for many reasons for both grower and winemaker. Growers want to produce high quality fruit to get the best price for their grapes, or if it’s for their own wine, then to get the best quality wine. Ideally, the grower really wants to get the best quality…

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How to prepare for data collecting in your vineyard 1920 1440 Sectormentor for Vines

How to prepare for data collecting in your vineyard

Monitoring and analysing your vines helps to predict grape yield and when to harvest your grapes to get the highest quality. How many vines should I monitor? First you need to create a sampling plan which is clear and easy to manage – making sure it’s actually doable is the most important element. If it’s…

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English Wine Week: Vineyards working for beauty, ecology and profitability 560 397 Sectormentor for Vines

English Wine Week: Vineyards working for beauty, ecology and profitability

For English Wine Week we want to highlight an important part of the growing English wine movement – the vineyards who are striving for a system which works with and for nature, not against it, without comprising the bottom line. These vineyards are stripping back at every stage of the winemaking process: from growing the…

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Case Study: Graham Fisher – Bride Valley Vineyard 1920 1440 Sectormentor for Vines

Case Study: Graham Fisher – Bride Valley Vineyard

Bella and Steven Spurrier planted the first vines at Bride Valley Vineyard, Dorset, in 2009. They produce delicious English sparkling wines from their 10 hectares of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. It hasn’t been an easy ride but the chalky slopes of Dorset are perfect for the vines as they are now all…

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The Vineyard Helpers 655 386 Sectormentor for Vines

The Vineyard Helpers

While keeping up-to-date with vineyards across the globe on instagram we’ve come across an array of very important vineyard assistants who keep watch, control pests & weeds and nurture the soil & vines. This is an ode to all the furry, feathery and invertebrate friends who call a vineyard home.   The Vineyard Manager Bacchus…

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Case Study: When to Harvest? The power of graphs 900 600 Sectormentor for Vines

Case Study: When to Harvest? The power of graphs

It’s important to measure grape sugar and titratable acid from veraison up to harvest. It allows you to predict when you will start picking, get everything in place and also to decide the optimal time to harvest for great quality grapes based on the Brix:TA Ratio (explained here). Judging ripening and when to harvest is…

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10 Key Metrics to Measure in your Vineyard 663 662 Sectormentor for Vines

10 Key Metrics to Measure in your Vineyard

After a few years working with vineyards in the UK we have drawn out some of the most valuable data you can collect in your vineyard. Tracking these 10 metrics will help you better understand how to manage your vines and optimise your grape quality and yield – directly benefiting your bottom line. Producing great…

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Know what works on your vineyard: Trends Part 1 985 680 Sectormentor for Vines

Know what works on your vineyard: Trends Part 1

At the start, we aimed to make it very easy for farmers to collect data out in the field. Whether on the tractor or walking through rows of trees, we wanted to make it seamless, easy, and quick to record those observations in the moment. It made sense to start here because without quality observations and…

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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.”