UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

A reflection on Norton winemaking

Dear all: I wanted to share a well-written note regarding Norton winemaking. a note on Norton astringency An industry member wrote it up, and I take absolutely zero credit for it. Thanks to this member for their kindness in sharing their thoughts with the true aim of helping out all…
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Muscadine harvest update

I have had the pleasure of being out and about in some muscadine vineyards over the last several days and wanted to give an update on what’s going on in the muscadine world here in Georgia – it is quite an eventful time with harvest upon us… Fresh market: Harvest…
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Mechanical leaf removal considerations for vineyards

The following was written by John Scaduto, Rabun County Extension Coordinator, ANR Agent, and UGA Viticulture Extension Team member.  Thank you for the insight, John.   Research and experience has necessitated several manual labor tasks being performed in wine grape vineyards before the fruit ever reaches the winery. Of the…
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Monitoring maturity / deciding when to pick.

MONITORING MATURITY: Monitoring grape maturity is important in order to determine when to pick. I am not going to go into the rather subjective details of what defines maturity for making quality wine. Most industry practitioners use a combination of chemical and sensory evaluations to determine when to pick (……
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Considerations for crop thinning

We talked about crop load management at the recent mid-season vineyard workshop at Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery.  Whether you were there or not, I hope this will serve as good food for thought if you are considering crop thinning. Depending on variety, site, and local weather patterns, some will be starting veraison…
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Vineyard management – brief update

At this stage, most are hopefully finished with shoot thinning and tucking and now are doing some remedial canopy work – such as fruit-zone leafing and canopy hedging. Remember – intensive leaf removal is best done early (i.e. peppercorn to pea size berries at latest) in order to acclimate fruit…
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