Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences celebrates successes of its first five years

Engela Duvenhage - 09 Feb 2017

To celebrate the IGWS’s fifth anniversary, important role players in the local wine and viticulture industries recently gathered on the wine estate L’Omarins of business leader and Stellenbosch University (SU) chancellor Dr Johann Rupert. The host of the evening, Dr Johann Rupert, and other industry leaders were among the driving forces behind the IGWS’s establishment. These are some of the success stories of Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences (IGWS). It was founded in 2013 thanks to funding received from the Reinet Foundation, VinPro and Sanlam.

IGWS launches a robotics flagship project

IGWS Viticulture Platform - 01 Jun 2016

The Viticulture platform of the Institute for Grape and Wine Science (IGWS) launched an ambitious robotics project with the first demonstration of a vineyard robot prototype. The remote controlled Robot X (also known as “The Dassie”) was introduced to a group of viticulturists in a vineyard used for training at the Stellenbosch University (SU) experimental farm, Welgevallen.

VINEYARD PRACTICES INFLUENCE MICROBIAL DIVERSITY IN SPONTANEOUS FERMENTATIONS

by Karien O'Kennedy - 05 Apr 2016

STELLENBOSCH - Dr Evodia Setati and her team at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, have found distinct differences in the diversity of yeast populations in three neighbouring Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards cultivated using different agronomic practices. The researchers found that some of these yeast species may occur in relatively large populations during fermentation and may consequently make a significant contribution to the wine’s eventual sensorial quality.

Dry season might result in smaller wine grape harvest

VinPro - 05 Apr 2016

The South African wine industry can expect a smaller wine grape harvest in 2016, should the dry seasonal conditions persist in November. This is the message from the regional viticulturists of VinPro, the representative organisation for some 3 500 wine producers and cellars.

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