The Wine Network Consulting team has a strong commitment to growing grapes for wine. Our aim is to help the grower and winemaker satisfy the need for producing grapes of the very highest quality at a price that allows both parties a satisfactory return. We believe this balanced approach is only possible with vines that are themselves in balance. This is our guiding philosophy of vineyard management.
We work closely with the client or vineyard manager to develop and refine vineyard practices. We help with planning management programs that deal with the main areas of vineyard activity and assist the management to schedule these tasks so that they are carried out in a timely manner:
- Vine health - We use the principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to guide our approach to pest and disease control. We aim to minimise the use of chemical sprays and to restrict these to the most environmentally responsible that are available.
- Canopy and crop load management - We strive for uniformity and vine balance, using the techniques of careful pruning, shoot positioning and thinning.
- Irrigation management - Our aim is to promote balanced vine growth and avoid stress while preserving precious water resources.
- Vine nutrition - Maintaining healthy vines involves a suitable nutritional regime and this is part of our program.
We assist in the establishment of protocols and procedures and the setting of fruit quality guidelines and specifications to meet the winemaker's requirements for end product use.
In vineyard financing and acquisitions, we will provide a technical audit of existing operations and can assess vineyard condition and management as part of the due diligence process.
We give the vineyard manager or owner a set of independent eyes over their vineyard.