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Regenerative Viticulture

A Living Case Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at our next Regenerative Field Day on July 29th, 10am-12pm

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(or call Alyssa at 805.239.1616 x3406)

July 29th (10am-12pm) Robert Hall Winery:

Bio Control Field day with UAV-IQ: The use of drones in vineyard biocontrol  

Speakers: 
Andreas Neuman (CEO, UAV-IQ), Caine Thompson (Managing director, Robert Hall Winery), Kirk Brown (Director of Grower Relations, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers)
 
Session 1: Biocontrol in the vineyard:
Which vineyard pests can be controlled by the augmentative release of natural enemies
What natural enemies are commercially available to wine growers
Experience from Robert Hall Winery: How to manage pests during the transition from conventional to organic cultivation and how this fits into their larger regenerative viticulture plan
 
Session 2: Release of natural enemies by drone
Current limitations of manual beneficial insect and mite releases
Opportunities and challenges of aerial biocontrol release
Demonstration of an aerial biocontrol application
 
Continuing Education credit:
- CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR):  1.5 "Other" and 0.5 "Aerial Pest Control Equipment and Application Techniques" approved

In an industry first, Robert Hall Winery will initiate a living case study for the wider wine community to learn about regenerative viticulture through biodynamic farming techniques, comparing the results with our sustainably-farmed vineyards. The trial will be led by world-renowned biodynamic consultant Philippe Armenier and Robert Hall Winery Managing Director, Caine Thompson.

The purpose of the study is to understand regenerative farming practices and their effect on the vineyards’ ability to sequester carbon and overall quality effects on soil, fruit and wine.

As stewards of our land, we have a desire to constantly improve our soils, fruit and wine while minimizing our environmental impact and overall carbon footprint. Regenerative farming aids with this mission.

The regenerative viticulture comparative study is set across 40 acres of Robert Hall estate vineyards and will compare all aspects of growing under regenerative viticulture v. sustainable winegrowing techniques.

 

 

The study will occur across 3 years and will track and measure:

Vineyard

  • Organic soil carbon levels
  • Soil microbiology
  • Pesticide residues
  • Organic matter
  • Fauna/Flora differences
  • Yield
  • Brix, pH, TA
  • Pest & disease (Botrytis, powdery mildew, mealybug)

Winemaking

  • Sensory analysis (weight, structure, aromatic profile)
  • Tracking color & tannin indexes throughout fermentation to evaluate extraction
  • Phenolic panel on grape & wine samples

The study will be unique in that frequent Field Days will be held at Robert Hall Winery for trade, writers, press and consumers. The Field Days will be an educational hands-on experience explaining and teaching regenerative farming through biodynamic techniques.

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