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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 09:52

Vine to Wine: A Year of Viti/Vini - September

Now that fall has arrived, winemakers turn their attention to the harvest. In most of the northern hemisphere, harvest usually begins by the middle of this month, if not earlier.  It is an exciting time. The culmination of all the hard work in the vineyards is realized in the moments the grapes are picked.  Vineyard managers can relax now, but the winemaker’s job is just getting started. 

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Friday, 27 August 2021 03:47

Vine to Wine: A Year of Viti/Vini - August

August is the calm before the harvest storm.  Vegetative growth has slowed considerably and, in some climates, stopped completely due to water stress.  The vine now turns its efforts to ripening the fruit that it has developed earlier in the season.  Although the berries are close to their final size, the skins will begin to thin, change color, and gain considerably more weight as they fill with sugar produced by the leaves.  In climates that experience rain during this period, splitting becomes a risk.

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THE GRAFTED GRAPEVINE (a three-part series) 

Welcome back to our three-part viticultural series that takes a deep dive into the grafted grapevine. Thomas Dormegnies, of the highly respected Bérillon Nursery in France, will share his expertise and experience to help you discover how grafted grapevines are produced, the impact of high-quality vine plant material on viticulture, how diversity and sustainability in the vineyard starts from the grafted grapevine plant itself and finally the importance of rootstocks.

Part III: Rootstocks, a solution for climate change? (September 6, 2021)

For the final webinar of the series, Thomas will focus on rootstocks, the living link between scion and soil. Bérillon has a collection of 20 different rootstock varieties that can accommodate a wide variety of different pedological and climatic constraints. One rootstock does not fit all! Thomas will discuss this link between rootstock and terroir, and how they may impact flavor. As climate continues to change, as farming practices continue to change, rootstocks have been and are increasingly key to vine health. Find out why!

Please find below the abstracts of the two other webinars in this series: 

Part I: How to produce a grafted grapevine? (aired on June 28, 2021, access to recording in our webinar archive)

Join Thomas Dormegnies of Bérillon Nursery as he walks us through grafted grapevine production from start to finish. Learn the steps, the vocabulary, and the thought processes behind the technique! Thomas will discuss reception and preparation of scions and rootstocks, whip and tongue (English cleft) grafting, stratification, planting, maintenance, sorting, hot water treatment and storage before delivery. This webinar will cover the basics in preparation for a deep dive into cloning and breeding on July 5.

Part II: How to Maintain Diversity?

Join Thomas for Part II of the Grafted Grapevine series as he explores the genetic mass selection of grape varieties intended for grafting. Bérillon’s team of breeders only source its scion material from old vine vineyards in order to identify, build-upon and preserve intra-varietal genetic diversity. The selected cuttings are tested to make sure the specimens are virus-free before being propagated. These same steps are carried out for international, regional, heritage and forgotten grape varieties.  The next session will focus on rootstocks and their relationship to soil and climatic stresses.

Presenter: THOMAS DORMEGNIES

Vine Breeder and Engineer at Bérillon Nursery 

Thomas graduated from the Agronomic Engineering School of Rennes in Plant Selection and Improvement and of Montpellier in Viticulture-Oenology, He has been working as a vine breeder in the wine nursery for 18 years. This work of plant archeology, also called "mass selection", consists of identifying future candidates found in old vineyards and breeding them in the nursery.

Passionate about plants, he roams the old vineyards of France and Europe in search of the widest possible genetic diversity, whether for the most multiplied international grape varieties or "modest" or forgotten grape varieties. This work requires a solid knowledge of plant physiology as well as ampelography, or the art of distinguishing grape varieties from one another using leaves, twigs or fruits.

His activity within the Bérillon Nursery (www.lilian-berillon.fr) also leads him to follow the planting projects of their clients, advising them both on the choice of their plant material and on the management of their soils. This is a comprehensive approach that links agronomy and pedology for the sake of sustainability and transmission of plantations.

Thomas is also a winemaker along the French Atlantic coast, he therefore has complete experience of the wine industry, from the selection of future vines to the vinification and marketing of the wines.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 04:50

Vine to Wine: A Year of Viti/Vini - July

By July, the period of rapid shoot growth is over. The vine has now created all the leaves needed to ripen its fruit.  In wet climates, shoot growth may continue but at a much slower pace. In dry climates, shoot growth stops completely. In very dry areas, the tendrils on the shoot can even dry out completely! 

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THE GRAFTED GRAPEVINE (a three-part series) 

Welcome back to our three-part viticultural series that takes a deep dive into the grafted grapevine. Thomas Dormegnies, of the highly respected Bérillon Nursery in France, will share his expertise and experience to help you discover how grafted grapevines are produced, the impact of high-quality vine plant material on viticulture, how diversity and sustainability in the vineyard starts from the grafted grapevine plant itself and finally the importance of rootstocks.

Part II: How to Maintain Diversity?

Join Thomas for Part II of the Grafted Grapevine series as he explores the genetic mass selection of grape varieties intended for grafting. Bérillon’s team of breeders only source its scion material from old vine vineyards in order to identify, build-upon and preserve intra-varietal genetic diversity. The selected cuttings are tested to make sure the specimens are virus-free before being propagated. These same steps are carried out for international, regional, heritage and forgotten grape varieties.  The next session will focus on rootstocks and their relationship to soil and climatic stresses.

Please find below the abstracts of the two other webinars in this series: 

Part I: How to produce a grafted grapevine? (aired on June 28, 2021, access to recording in our webinar archive)

Join Thomas Dormegnies of Bérillon Nursery as he walks us through grafted grapevine production from start to finish. Learn the steps, the vocabulary, and the thought processes behind the technique! Thomas will discuss reception and preparation of scions and rootstocks, whip and tongue (English cleft) grafting, stratification, planting, maintenance, sorting, hot water treatment and storage before delivery. This webinar will cover the basics in preparation for a deep dive into cloning and breeding on July 5.

Part III: Rootstocks, a solution for climate change? (September 6, 2021)

For the final webinar of the series, Thomas will focuses on rootstocks, the living link between scion and soil. Bérillon has a collection of 20 different rootstock varieties that can accommodate a wide variety of different pedological and climatic constraints. One rootstock does not fit all! Thomas will discuss this link between rootstock and terroir, and how they may impact flavor. As climate continues to change, as farming practices continue to change, rootstocks have been and are increasingly key to vine health. Find out why!

Presenter: THOMAS DORMEGNIES

Vine Breeder and Engineer at Bérillon Nursery 

Thomas graduated from the Agronomic Engineering School of Rennes in Plant Selection and Improvement and of Montpellier in Viticulture-Oenology, He has been working as a vine breeder in the wine nursery for 18 years. This work of plant archeology, also called "mass selection", consists of identifying future candidates found in old vineyards and breeding them in the nursery.

Passionate about plants, he roams the old vineyards of France and Europe in search of the widest possible genetic diversity, whether for the most multiplied international grape varieties or "modest" or forgotten grape varieties. This work requires a solid knowledge of plant physiology as well as ampelography, or the art of distinguishing grape varieties from one another using leaves, twigs or fruits.

His activity within the Bérillon Nursery (www.lilian-berillon.fr) also leads him to follow the planting projects of their clients, advising them both on the choice of their plant material and on the management of their soils. This is a comprehensive approach that links agronomy and pedology for the sake of sustainability and transmission of plantations.

Thomas is also a winemaker along the French Atlantic coast, he therefore has complete experience of the wine industry, from the selection of future vines to the vinification and marketing of the wines.

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An understanding of what biodynamics is and why it has so many young followers today begins with a look at history and the question of why Rudolf Steiner's impulse came about in Germany, in 1924, during the interwar years. The questions that farmers asked themselves then are as relevant today as they were then and have a lot to do with the fertiliser issue. In this webinar, we will take a look at this history and what is modern about the 100 year old ideas.

Presenter: Romana Echensperger, MW

Romana Echensperger MW worked for many years as head sommelier in various top restaurants. Among other things, she was responsible for a 1000-item wine list with exclusively German wines at Berlin's Quadriga restaurant. In 2005, she was voted best sommelière in Berlin. In addition, she was head sommelier at the Vendôme restaurant near Cologne, which is awarded with 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Since 2015 she can call herself a “Master of Wine”. Today she works independently as a consultant, journalist and in education. 

Recently her comprensive book about biodynamic top winemakers in German-speaking countries was published. 

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THE GRAFTED GRAPEVINE (a three-part series) 

We are thrilled to present you a three-part viticultural series that will take a deep dive into the grafted grapevine. Thomas Dormegnies, of the highly respected Bérillon Nursery in France, will share his expertise and experience to help you discover how grafted grapevines are produced, the impact of high-quality vine plant material on viticulture, how diversity and sustainability in the vineyard starts from the grafted grapevine plant itself and finally the importance of rootstocks.

Join us on June, 28, July, 5 and September 6 to learn about this often overlooked aspect of viticulture!

Part I: How to produce a grafted grapevine? (June 28, 2021)

Join Thomas Dormegnies of Bérillon Nursery as he walks us through grafted grapevine production from start to finish. Learn the steps, the vocabulary, and the thought processes behind the technique! Thomas will discuss reception and preparation of scions and rootstocks, whip and tongue (English cleft) grafting, stratification, planting, maintenance, sorting, hot water treatment and storage before delivery. This webinar will cover the basics in preparation for a deep dive into cloning and breeding on July 5.

Part II: How to maintain diversity? (July 5, 2021)

Join Thomas for part 2 of the Grafted Grapevine series as he explores the genetic mass selection of grape varieties intended for grafting. Bérillon’s team of breeders only source its scion material from old vine vineyards in order to identify, build-upon and preserve intra-varietal genetic diversity. The selected cuttings are tested to make sure the specimens are virus-free before being propagated. These same steps are carried out for international, regional, heritage and forgotten grape varieties.  The next session will focus on rootstocks and their relationship to soil and climatic stresses.

Part III: Rootstocks, a solution for climate change? (September 6, 2021)

For the final webinar of the series, Thomas will focuses on rootstocks, the living link between scion and soil. Bérillon has a collection of 20 different rootstock varieties that can accommodate a wide variety of different pedological and climatic constraints. One rootstock does not fit all! Thomas will discuss this link between rootstock and terroir, and how they may impact flavor. As climate continues to change, as farming practices continue to change, rootstocks have been and are increasingly key to vine health. Find out why!

Presenter: THOMAS DORMEGNIES

Vine Breeder and Engineer at Bérillon Nursery 

Thomas graduated from the Agronomic Engineering School of Rennes in Plant Selection and Improvement and of Montpellier in Viticulture-Oenology, He has been working as a vine breeder in the wine nursery for 18 years. This work of plant archeology, also called "mass selection", consists of identifying future candidates found in old vineyards and breeding them in the nursery.

Passionate about plants, he roams the old vineyards of France and Europe in search of the widest possible genetic diversity, whether for the most multiplied international grape varieties or "modest" or forgotten grape varieties. This work requires a solid knowledge of plant physiology as well as ampelography, or the art of distinguishing grape varieties from one another using leaves, twigs or fruits.

His activity within the Bérillon Nursery (www.lilian-berillon.fr) also leads him to follow the planting projects of their clients, advising them both on the choice of their plant material and on the management of their soils. This is a comprehensive approach that links agronomy and pedology for the sake of sustainability and transmission of plantations.

Thomas is also a winemaker along the French Atlantic coast, he therefore has complete experience of the wine industry, from the selection of future vines to the vinification and marketing of the wines.

 

Published in Viticulture
Friday, 11 June 2021 05:22

Vine to Wine: A Year of Viti/Vini - June

June is a time of great change in the vineyard.  At the beginning of the month, the vines have short shoots with berries that have just set. By the end of the month, the shoots are almost fully grown and have discernable clusters.  This is a period of rapid cell division for the berries. With regard to the clusters, the number of individual cells within each berry increases in preparation for the next phase of cell expansion (to be covered in July) when the final berry size is largely determined.

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