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Organic approach to vineyard management

In the March/April issue of Australia’s only journal dedicated to viticulture, Australian Viticulture, we continue our exploration of minimal carbon footprint grapegrowing with an insight to organic production.

• The Kalleske family of Greenock in the Barossa Valley has been dedicated to growing grapes using organic methods since the company’s inception. Australian Viticulture journalist Sonya Logan caught up with John, Kym and Troy Kalleske to hear their story about the challenges and successes encountered over the property’s 50 year history.

• New South Wales-based producers Frank Bonic of Organic One in Jerilderie, and Mark Davidson of Tamburlaine, with vineyards in Orange, Pokolbin and Broke Fordwich, tell of their work being done towards having a ‘zero carbon footprint’.

• Australian and international organic certifier, NASAA, provides the guidelines for organic certification and what operators need to be aware of. The comprehensive tables included in this report highlight the products approved for use as fertilisers and conditioners and controlling plant pests and diseases.

Australian Viticulture’s Profitable Viticulture columnist, Tony Hoare, uncovers the realities of carbon neutral viticulture and how growers can best offset greenhouse gas emissions by looking at purchasing carbon credits. Tony includes a discussion about the creation of carbon sinks and a case study of a newly certified carbon neutral producer.

• The University of Adelaide’s Chris Penfold presents his research into enhancing soil carbon level in vineyards and suggests the options available to vineyards.

• Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Australia, viticulture research and development officer, Kristen Kennison, shares her latest developments on the evaluation of rootstocks for production of premium Shiraz grapes in the Margaret River region.

• General manager and viticulturist of Mount Langhi Ghiran, Damien Sheehan, gives practical advice for managing post-harvest vine care, considering the impacts of shorter timeframes caused by earlier harvests in recent years.

For further information about Australian Viticulture or to secure your copy of the March/April issue featuring other timely practical information including vineyard variability, predicting the onset of botrytis, Australia’s grape shortfall being filled by South American-grown grapes and the correct means of hiring vineyard workers on working visas, visit www.winebiz.com.au/ausvit/ or telephone Winetitles on +618 8292 0888.

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