Tuesday, 07 June 2022 16:25

Grape Days 2022

Written by  Staff Reporters
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Winegrowers, makers and scientists will gather throughout New Zealand in June, for the annual Grape Days events in Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago.

Grape Days are provided as part of the research programme funded by the New Zealand Winegrowers' levy, delivered through Bragato Research Institute (BRI), to canvas cutting edge science and industry-driven research pertaining to the wine industry.

This year's line-up stretches from trunk disease to weevils, carbon emissions to vineyard waste, and alternative pruning methods to responding to hail and frost in vineyards.

Each of the three events kicks off with a view of the "interesting times" of vintage 2022 and the 12 months ahead, from New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive Philip Gregan, followed by BRI Chief Executive Jeffrey Clarke's summary of the research outlook for 2022 and beyond.

Nick Hoskins will share learning highlights from the Vineyard Ecosystems project, Bridget Ennals will discuss the rising costs of landfill waste, and Charles Merfield will look at living with insects through agroecology. BRI Viticulture Extension and Research Manager Len Ibbotson says the new line-up will offer an exciting mix of new knowledge from applied research and expertise from guest speakers to address a range of local industry priorities. "I'm particularly excited about the grower-led session, where a group of industry experts will share their insights and experience on a range of topics including downy mildew, looking after our people, reactive versus planned management and improving soil health."

When + Where

Hawke's Bay - 13 June, Napier Conference Centre

Marlborough - 15 June, ASB Theatre, Marlborough

Central Otago - 17 June, Pisa Moorings, Cromwell


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