Latest Viticulture Stories

2009-10-21 07:45:00

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Pinot Noir harvest is wrapping up in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, with winegrowers reporting potentially very high quality and normal yields. Some of California's finest vineyards call the S.L.H. home, with more than thirty winegrowers cultivating over 2,500 acres of Pinot Noir there. At the Pisoni Vineyard, Gary Pisoni is very happy with the quality of his just-completed Pinot Noir harvest: "The eventual '09 vintage...

2009-10-01 08:00:00

CONCORD, Mass., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Welch's is aiming to donate one million servings of 100 percent juice to America's largest domestic hunger-relief charity Feeding America. As the Welch's Concord and Niagara grape harvests get underway in vineyards across North America, Welch's is partnering with Feeding America to share the bounty of its harvest with the millions of families nationwide who do not have access to adequate amounts of food to sustain a healthy life. Welch's...

2009-09-24 11:36:10

It has been known grapes provide health benefits, but U.S. researchers say they are learning more about exactly how the fruit's chemicals work. The links between grape consumption and prevention of diseases are the subject of a Grape and Health workshop described in a supplement published in the Journal of Nutrition. Within grapes and grape products, there are chemical classes of natural compounds, which are capable of mediating biological responses against a variety of targets, Dr. John...

2009-09-24 07:35:00

Could point the way toward production of European-tasting wines from American vines One of the best known episodes in the 8000-year history of grapevine cultivation led to biological changes that have not been well understood "“ until now. Through biomolecular detective work, German researchers have uncovered new details about the heredity of Vitis varieties in cultivation today. In the process, they have opened the way to more meaningful classification, accelerated breeding, and more...

2009-09-21 09:49:00

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This harvest season, viticulture students from VESTA, an alliance of Midwest colleges and winemaking businesses, are learning the process of turning grapes into wine via online courses. The program uses Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), to deliver instruction to students from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. VESTA, the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, (www.vesta-usa.org) is funded by the National Science...

2009-09-10 13:36:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- While consumption of grapes and grape products has long been associated with a healthy lifestyle, a new supplement published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition provides further evidence that grapes and grape products may play a key role in optimizing health by mediating beneficial biological responses. The vast array of naturally occurring plant chemicals in grapes and grape products are thought to be responsible for the...

2009-08-11 14:35:41

French winegrowers are harnessing the benefits of satellite imagery to enrich their grape harvests, combining modern technology with the ancient art of winemaking. Originally developed to help producers of grain, the Oenoview system combines satellite images and vine analysis to assist oenologists in determining when grapes planted under varying conditions will be ready for harvest. The system works by providing winemakers vital information about their berries, such as the amount of water the...

2009-07-06 06:02:39

Climate change is compelling Spanish winemakers to think about moving to higher ground in order to run away from the sweltering heat. Spain, which is covered with acres of vineyard, "is in the frontline of climate change," said Juan Francisco Cacho, a wine expert at the University of Zaragoza, to AFP. The country, the driest in Europe, might suffer with a possible "Africanization" of its climate and might develop "severe" desertification, says the environment ministry. Larger wineries and the...

2009-07-03 14:46:42

Genetic engineering could make grapevines immune to a common virus that now results in smaller grapes and crop loss, German scientists said. Modified plants have produced antibodies against Grapevine fanleaf virus, caused by the vine louse, or rust mite, researchers at the Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, in Aachen, said. These antibodies 'recognize' the viruses and prevent them from spreading in the plant and causing damage, said Dr. Stefan Schillberg, a lead researcher...

2009-07-02 11:45:00

Viruses can cost winegrowers an entire harvest. If they infest the grapevines, even pesticides are often no use. What's more, these chemicals are harmful to the environment. Researchers are growing plants that produce antibodies against the viruses and are thus immune.A good wine needs to ripen. But it's a long way to the barrel. Even before the harvest, the grapevines have to overcome all kinds of obstacles. Extremely hot or rainy periods can destroy entire crops, not to mention the wide...

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