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Know Your Vines #1: Soil Health in your Vineyard 1701 1276 Sectormentor

Know Your Vines #1: Soil Health in your Vineyard

In our new Know your Vines blog series we will share practical tips on what metrics to monitor in your vineyard. This is the first instalment, stay tuned for more as the coming seasons unfold! “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”  Healthy soils are vital in an unpredictable climate and to drive profitability for…

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Soil health in your vineyard: Do you know your earthworms? 590 442 Sectormentor

Soil health in your vineyard: Do you know your earthworms?

A resource created by Jackie Stroud, soil scientist at Rothamsted Research, also known as ‘The Worm Lady’! Did you know there are three different types of earthworms at work in your soil? Each type lives in a specific layer and performs a unique function which contributes to the soil’s health and therefore your vine’s health.…

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Capturing Carbon on your Vineyard 659 353 Sectormentor

Capturing Carbon on your Vineyard

“If you want to capture carbon, you have to think like carbon!” Check out this Short from Farmerama Radio, a podcast sharing the voices of smaller scale farmers, about Carbon Farm Plans and monitoring carbon from Charles Schembre at Napa County Resource Conservation District. Charles Schembre is a Soil Conservationist at the Napa County Resource Conservation District,…

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The art and science of accurately predicting your vineyard yield 1920 1440 Sectormentor

The art and science of accurately predicting your vineyard yield

Why do crop estimates? Crop estimates are important for many reasons for both grower and winemaker. Growers want to produce high quality fruit to get the best price for their grapes, or if it’s for their own wine, then to get the best quality wine. Ideally, the grower really wants to get the best quality…

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How to prepare for data collecting in your vineyard 1920 1440 Sectormentor

How to prepare for data collecting in your vineyard

Monitoring and analysing your vines helps to predict grape yield and when to harvest your grapes to get the highest quality. How many vines should I monitor? First you need to create a sampling plan which is clear and easy to manage – making sure it’s actually doable is the most important element. If it’s…

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English Wine Week: Vineyards working for beauty, ecology and profitability 560 397 Sectormentor

English Wine Week: Vineyards working for beauty, ecology and profitability

For English Wine Week we want to highlight an important part of the growing English wine movement – the vineyards who are striving for a system which works with and for nature, not against it, without comprising the bottom line. These vineyards are stripping back at every stage of the winemaking process: from growing the…

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Case Study: Graham Fisher – Bride Valley Vineyard 1920 1440 Sectormentor

Case Study: Graham Fisher – Bride Valley Vineyard

Bella and Steven Spurrier planted the first vines at Bride Valley Vineyard, Dorset, in 2009. They produce delicious English sparkling wines from their 10 hectares of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. It hasn’t been an easy ride but the chalky slopes of Dorset are perfect for the vines as they are now all…

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The Vineyard Helpers 655 386 Sectormentor

The Vineyard Helpers

While keeping up-to-date with vineyards across the globe on instagram we’ve come across an array of very important vineyard assistants who keep watch, control pests & weeds and nurture the soil & vines. This is an ode to all the furry, feathery and invertebrate friends who call a vineyard home.   The Vineyard Manager Bacchus…

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10 Key Metrics to Measure in your Vineyard 663 662 Sectormentor

10 Key Metrics to Measure in your Vineyard

After a few years working with vineyards we have drawn out some of the most valuable data you can collect in your vineyard. Tracking these 10 metrics will help you better understand how to manage your vines and optimise your grape quality and yield. Producing great wine is both a science and an art, we…

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Knowing what works on your vineyard: Trends 985 680 Sectormentor

Knowing what works on your vineyard: Trends

We always aim to make Sectormentor as customisable as possible, to empower you to record what you’re interested in, and find the results you’re looking for in the Trends section. We’ve created several tools to make visualising your vineyard trends and patterns easier: – The Ripeness Indicator Tool for monitoring your grapes in the run…

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Case Study: Davenport Vineyards use Sectormentor to enable better real-time management decisions 1379 774 Sectormentor

Case Study: Davenport Vineyards use Sectormentor to enable better real-time management decisions

 Will Davenport and his team have been collecting data for years but it was confined to scruffy notebooks and only typed up a few months later. They found they were collecting lots of data but not always using it because it wasn’t easily visualised, or they kept putting off typing it all up and so…

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