Last, but not least, a fit-for-purpose research block, with the focus on water-use research and digital viticulture, has also been established. This block is unique in that the design at planting has been done in accordance with the required experimental layout. Six different scion/rootstock combinations have been included for investigation in this research block. The vineyard layout has also been done in such a way as to allow for three different irrigation strategies to be carries out. New technologies and mechanisms for monitoring plant-water relations, amongst others, will be tested in this vineyard in order to answer pressing questions in the world of viticulture.
After months of meticulous planning and preparations, the planting of the new vineyard blocks finally commenced in early 2020. Up to date 11125 vines of 180 different scion/rootstock combinations have been planted. The remaining plantings will be completed in 2020.
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