Wines & Vines Home
   
 
Welcome Guest
LOGIN |  CREATE ACCOUNT
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 
 
07.18.2012  
 

B.C. Grapegrowers Urged to Embrace Data

Speakers address GPS, GIS and geomatics at Okanagan Valley conference

 
by Peter Mitham
 
 
B.C. Wine Grape Council
 
Participants at the B.C. Wine Grape Council's annual conference take notes about how to handle grapes.
Penticton, British Columbia—Old chestnuts and new discoveries—and the chance to network—attracted more than 250 growers per day to this year’s conference of the B.C. Wine Grape Council and the associated tradeshow.

While traffic on the show floor seemed light, participants crowded the seminar rooms to receive an update from José Ramón Úrbez-Torres of the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, B.C., regarding grapevine trunk diseases worldwide; a presentation by Glenn McGourty, University of California farm advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties and a Wines & Vines columnist, about trends in environment-friendly farming, and Washington State University professor Markus Keller discussing cold hardiness.

The presentations underscored the need for growers to update time-tested knowledge to meet new demands placed on them by a changing environment and a growing awareness of the many variables at play when growing grapes and making wine.

Prior pasteurization
Monika Christmann of Germany’s Geisenheim Research Center, for example, said an increase in unwanted microbes and enzymes on grapes in German vineyards has prompted researchers to investigate pasteurization prior to fermentation as a strategy to stabilize must and boost wine quality.

Washington State University extension viticulturist Michelle Moyer discussed the importance of canopy management in rain-fed viticulture systems as well as management strategies for powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot.

Powdery mildew has been a significant concern for growers across the Northwest for the past two years, though less so in British Columbia. Moyer busted myths regarding dormant lime sulfur treatments and encouraged a close eye to canopy management in order to ensure adequate spray coverage and good air circulation to manage the disease. She also encouraged growers to ensure spray equipment is performing up to snuff—something a straw poll of the audience indicated growers were doing, even as Moyer presented the results of a grower survey in Washington State indicating that spray equipment regularly falls short regardless of grower maintenance.

Data generation
Andrew Reynolds of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, highlighted the growing importance of data collection and precision viticulture in grapegrowing. “Your generation is going to be one of data acquisition,” he told the audience, targeting his comments to younger growers.

While global positioning and geographic information systems (GPS and GIS) technology have been around for years, Reynolds noted that they have gone mainstream—most notably with navigating systems for vehicles, but also with cheaper vineyard mapping systems. While cost is still an obstacle to the widespread use of the technology for vineyard mapping and analysis, Reynolds said mapping drones can size up vineyards from $1,000.

Geomatics—the gathering and analysis of geographic information—in Ontario has given growers a better sense of vineyard characteristics, including confirming and underscoring the attributes of sub-appellations in the Niagara region.

SHARE »
Close
LATEST READER COMMENTS
 
 
Posted on 07.19.2012 - 18:41:48 PST
 
I love to hear that GPS, GIS, and geomatics (surveying) is being brought up to our viticulturalists. Information is power, and the better you are informed, the better decisions you can make. Spatial is special. You are taking your data, e.g. insect infestation, and putting it on a map. With this you can spot spatial trends that you could miss by viewing a spreadsheet. GIS is my expertise, beside wine evaluation, and would love to talk more with wineries and vineyard managers about this topic.
 
mywinepal
 
 
 
CURRENT NEWS INDEX »


 
Wines & Vines Home
 
866.453.9701 | 415.453.9700 | Fax: 415.453.2517
65 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. A San Rafael, CA 94903
info@winesandvines.com
Wine Industry Metrics
 
Off-Premise Sales » Month   12 Months  
April 2015 $627 million
5%
$8,028 million
5%
April 2014 $595 million $7,623 million
     
Direct-to-Consumer Shipments » Month   12 Months  
April 2015 $184 million
17%
$1,890 million
15%
April 2014 $157 million $1,649 million
     
Winery Job Index » Month   12 Months  
April 2015 406
34%
252
19%
April 2014 302 212
     
 
MORE » Released on 05.15.2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Direct To Consumer
Wine Shipping Report
2015
 
Download full report »
 
 

Practical Winery & Vineyard Library
 
Search the PWV archive »
 
 

CALENDAR
  • May 28-29
     
    Direct2015
     
  • May 28-30
     
    WIneMaker Annual Conference
     
  • May 28-30
     
    International Chardonnay Symposium
     
  • June 2
     
    Taste of Mendocino
     
  • MORE »
 

READER COMMENTS
 
Article: $10 Wine Would Cost $40-plus Under COOL »
 
As a Napa Valley producer, we have spent 30 years building our brands in the...
Reader: Pete Przybylinski
 
Article: Be a Sustainable Wine Ambassador »
 
A great idea. All TR employees at every responsible estate should be encouraged/required to become...
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Historic Napa Winery Standing Tall Again »
 
It would be nice to know that Trost Jacking and Heavy Moving is the structural...
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Women for WineSense offering scholarships »
 
This is fantastic! Women in Wine Education must find ways to continue their individual pursuit...
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Historic Napa Winery Standing Tall Again »
 
Very Interesting, I'm so glad the building is successfully being saved.
Reader: Guest
 
 


Directory/Buyer's Guide — Your Wine Industry Marketplace
 
 
WINERY SEARCH
 
 
Advanced Search »
SUPPLIER SEARCH
   by Product
 by Company Name or Brand
 
Browse by Category »
2015 Directory/Buyer's Guide
The Wines & Vines Directory and Buyer's Guide
 
 
EXPANDED ONLINE SEARCH INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE
 
ORDER NOW »
 
LEARN MORE »
 
 
Wines & Vines Magazine
 
 
LEARN MORE »
 
SUBSCRIBE »
 
Digital Edition Now Available!
Wines & Vines Digital Edition Now Available
 
LEARN MORE »
 
ORDER NOW »
 
 
The Wines & Vines Online Marketing System
 
The Industry Standard winery marketing application
 
FREE LIVE DEMO »
 
VIEW VIDEO »
 
 
 
 
Latest Job Listings
 Bussers
 Santa Rosa, CA
DTC, Tasting Room and Retai
 Wine Specialist
 New York, NY
Sales and Marketing
 Tasting Room Represent...
 Napa, CA
DTC, Tasting Room and Retai
 Wine And Spirits Sales...
 San Diego, CA
Sales and Marketing
 Region Manager, Artisa...
 Los Angeles, CA
Sales and Marketing
 Region Sales Manager -...
 Manchester, NH
Sales and Marketing
 Senior Brand Manager
 Napa, CA
Sales and Marketing
 Wine & Spirits Consult...
 New York, NY
Sales and Marketing
 Marketing Coordinator
 New York, NY
Sales and Marketing
 Maintenance Technician
 Manteca, CA
Cellar, Lab and Production
 
More Job Listings >>
Follow Us On:
 
 





Home  |  About Us  |  Editors  |  Subscribe  |  Print Edition  |  Digital Edition

Advertise  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy
 
 
Copyright © 2001-2015 by Wine Communications Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
No material may be reproduced without written permission of the Publisher.
Wines&Vines does not assume any responsibility for any unsolicited manuscripts or materials.