Wednesday, 07 April 2021 13:55

Grape Days

Written by  Staff Reporters
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A selection of New Zealand's most exciting wine research will be presented at the upcoming Grape Days events around the country.

Bragato Research Institute (BRI) Viticulture Extension and Research Manager Len Ibbotson says the events are also important as a gathering place for industry, and the conversations that happen in the breaks enhance the learnings shared by the researchers.

"Covid-19 meant last year's events were pushed online, with a webinar series that allowed us to successfully share a selection of science with members, via researchers and practitioners. But we're really looking forward to bringing the industry together in the regions once again."

An important goal of Grape Days is to share relevant outputs of industry funded research, and this year has a strong focus on the seven year, $7 million Vineyard Ecosystems programme, which is drawing to a close in the field.

The events around the country will be tailored so science relating to the most pressing issues for certain regions can be addressed.

That means trunk disease will be on the schedule for Hawke's Bay and Marlborough, while Central Otago drills into mealybug.

As with every Grape Days, the events are also an opportunity to hear the vintage update from New Zealand Winegrowers' Chief Executive Philip Gregan, along with an update from the BRI on future projects, and a regional update from a local viticulturist.

The 2021 Grape Days will also include segments on soil health, the Lighter Wines programme, and a session from New Zealand Winegrowers' environmental team, exploring treated timber posts, biosecurity risks and climate change mitigation.

To find last year's recorded Grape Days webinars, go to

When + Where

Hawke's Bay, 14 June, Napier Conference Centre

Marlborough, 16 June, ASB Theatre Blenheim

Central Otago, 18 June, The Moorings Cromwell

Registrations open soon.

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