ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

27/11/2018

 

We would like to congratulate Colin Bell on winning the ASVO award for “Viticulturist of the Year”!!

Colin is the first West Australian to win this prestigious award and is testament to his hard work and dedication to the wine grape industry.

 

https://winetitles.com.au/asvo-announces-viticulturist-and-winemaker-of-the-year-winners-of-2018/

 

The 2018 Growing Season

27/11/2018

The 2018-19 growing season has been very mild so far. This has meant that vines have been slow to growand are along way behind average growth stages.

Early spring was unseasonably cold. Frosts were an issue on many blocks in Margaret River. Even vines not frosted have been very "confused" coming out of a mild winter into a very cold spring.  

Our team are busy with 'spring fever', irrigating, crop spraying, shoot thinning, wire lifting, slashing and vine training are just some of the activities they are performing at the moment.     

Industry Development

27/11/2018

Jim Campbell-Clause has been busy attending Vinitech in Bordeaux this month. We are greatly looking forward to hearing all about his experiences and knowledge upon his return. 

Colin Bell continues to be busy with industry development both regionally and nationally. This includes his ongoing representation as a board member of Australian Vignerons. He has also been working on the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Committee who are organising an exciting program for the conference to be held in July 2019.

Mike Gray on behalf of Southwest Capes Water Users Group Inc. has been busy writing submissions and canvassing politicians support regarding the proposed introduction to water licence fees.  

Propagation

27/11/2018

We have had a large propogation program for both planting and grafting this season.  Cuttings were collected during winter whilst the vines were fully dormant.  The cuttings for planting were then removed from the cool room and callused from early September ready for planting in early October.  These vines cuttings are looking healthy with an excellent strike rate. We also set up a nursery that will serve us for replants.

Cuttings that were collected for grafting have also come out of the cool room with vines being grafted late mid to late November.

Its exciting to see the investment being made into more desired varieties in the Margaret River region.  

Monitoring

27/11/2018

We provide a monitoring service for many clients in the South West.  A monitoring program provides early detection of vineyard pests, fungal pathogens and bacterial diseases, potentially saving money on sprays or preventing crop damage. Current activities include:

  • Pest and Disease monitoring- with the growing season underway our scouts are now checking for early season pests such as snails.
  • Petiole samples- completed at flowering this gives each block sampled very useful data of the vine's nutrition, which can then be used to adjust the fertilizer program this season or to help formulate next years nutrition program. 
  • Yield Estimation- completed once berries have set, this information is provided to purchasing wineries and used to ensure we are on track to produce the quality parameters targeted.

Please contact the office on 97568011 if we can be of assistance in these areas.

Entwine Australia

09/05/2018

With vintage now complete we are busy completing audits on all our Quality Assured sites. It is a requirement  to complete an internal audit annually and then every three years we are audited externally by a Freshcare Auditor.   

Entwine Australia is a voluntary enviromental assurance program that allows winemakers and wine grape growers to receive formal certification of their practices according to recognised standards. AHA is currently assisting growers in the region in Freshcare, a WFA approved, independently audited enviromental certification program. Currently we have a number of vineyards accredited so feel free to contact us to see how we can certify you.

Precision Viticulture

04/05/2018

The remote sensing of vine vigour has become a popular tool to help grape growers and wine producers identify and manage variation in vine performance across vineyards. Many viticulturists and growers have found airborne imagery to be invaluable for all vineyard operations. Did you forget to order your airborne imagery for this season? If you did, then you will be pleased to know that you may be able to purchase imagery retrospectively through SpecTerra/AHA Viticulture. Please refer to the following website to see if the imagery you are looking for is available.

https://www.v3maps.com.au/