Monthly Archives: March 2021

Podcasts – Terroir Congress 2020

All about “Australian grapevine stories” Trailer: Australian grapevine stories Narrator Andrew Caillard MW explores the wonderful and surprising story of grape vines in Australia. It starts with the ambitions of Georgian England and takes the listener on a four-part journey through the Victorian age, Federation and contemporary times. This easy listening, unstuffy and well-researched four-part […]

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Influence of deficit irrigation on grapevine cv. “Touriga Nacional” in Douro region: A metabolomic approach

Aim: This study aimed to evaluate whether irrigation of Touriga Nacional in Douro Demarcated Region (DDR) can partly mitigate the negative impacts of ongoing climate change on grapevine yield and quality and its impact on plant metabolism. Methods and results: Water status was determined by performing pre-dawn leaf water potential (ΨPd) using a pressure chamber throughout the […]

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Leaf removal to regulate fruit ripening in Cabernet-Sauvignon

Aim: Under the effects of climate change it is becoming increasingly common to observe excessively fast sugar accumulation while anthocyanin and flavour development are lagging behind. Understanding the impact of different leaf removal techniques on ripening will provide vineyard managers with a canopy management strategy suitable for regulating sugar accumulation, phenolic maturity and flavour ripeness, thereby […]

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Water and physiological response to early leaf removal of cv. Verdejo in rainfed conditions, at different times of the day, in the D.O. Rueda (Spain)

Aim: Early leaf removal, generally applied before flowering, is mostly conceived as a technique to control grape yield and improve the health of grapes and focused on the final objective of increasing wine quality. New knowledge of its possible physiological effects in the cv. Verdejo, in rainfed conditions, should facilitate the understanding of agronomic, vegetative and […]

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Agronomic and qualitative effects of early leaf removal on cv.

Aim: The regulation of the vegetative-reproductive balance of a vineyard is a critical aspect for the quality of grapes. Early leaf removal, generally applied before the phenological stage of flowering, is mainly used as a technique to control yield and improve grape health, aimed at increasing the quality of the wine. The vineyard’s response to early […]

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The influence of site aspect and pruning types on Pinot Noir phenology and shoot growth

Aim: Managing the influence that terroir in vineyards has on vine development depends on improving our understanding the effect of the interaction of within-site variability, within-vine variability, and management practices (such as pruning types) on phenology and vine development. This study evaluates the consequence of site aspect and pruning management on budburst, leaf appearance rate, and […]

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Regional impact on rootstock/scion mediated methoxypyrazine accumulation in rachis

Aim: To investigate the impact of Geographical Indications (GI) of South Australia on the rootstock/scion-mediated methoxypyrazine accumulation within the rachis of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Methods and Results: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz bunches were sampled at maturity from two South Australian GIs over the 2019 and 2020 harvest periods. From each region, a minimum of […]

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Characterization of the thiol aromatic potential of a new resistant grape variety: Floreal

Aims: Due to climate change and the desire to decrease enological inputs (organic farming), the vineyard has to be modified and the selection of new resistant grape varieties as an alternative is researched intensively today. From January 2018, four new grape varieties that are resistant against mildew and odium have been added to the official catalogue […]

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Water dynamics of Touriga-Nacional grapevines trained in cordon and guyot systems under Mediterranean climate conditions

Aims: The aims of the present study were to (1) evaluate the water dynamics of Touriga-Nacional grapevines trained to spur pruned cordon and Guyot systems and (2) assess the effect of variable water availability in a commercial vineyard located in the Demarcated Douro Region (DDR), Portugal. Methods and Results: The study was carried out in a commercial […]

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Terpenoid profiles and biosynthetic gene expression pattern in Asti DOCG white muscat grapes at ripening as affected by different canopy management protocols

Aim: The main goal of this study was to find an efficient canopy management to limit the high temperature-related aroma losses of White Muscat grapes, and consequently to preserve the quality standards of Asti DOCG wines. Methods and Results: Four different strategies have been tested in two vineyards of the Asti DOCG production area: pre-flowering leaf removal […]

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