The British Ecological Society – Nature-Based Solutions For Climate Change In The UK

INTRODUCTION Nature-based solutions (NbS) address societal problems in ways that benefit both people and nature. The main focus of this report is the joint role of NbS for addressing the climate and biodiversity crises we currently face. Natural habitats act as NbS for climate if they sequester carbon (contributing to Net Zero targets) or provide adaptation to climate […]

Deep Planet – AI for Sustainable Precision Viticulture

COMPANY SUMMARY Deep Planet was founded in 2018 by researchers from the University of Oxford. Deep Planet’s innovative vineyard decision management platform combines satellite imagery with machine learning to boost productivity in vineyards with scalable precision agriculture tools for growers and agri-businesses. We aim to provide a cost effective and reliable solution that can disrupt […]

Agriculture, Robots and Ecology – The views of José Rafael Silva (Agroinsider)

Agriculture, Robots and Ecology Modern societies face a challenge that I would label as difficult but at the same time inspiring as they will have to increase food production and simultaneously reduce impacts, namely in the: i) reduction of the diffusive pollution; ii) reduction of fertilizers and pesticides applications (“European Farm to Fork”); iii) reduction of waste […]

Designing more resilient Vineyards – The views of Bob Dickinson (Argos Analytics)

Adapting to Higher Temperatures The recent frosts in Europe are a reminder that some of the effects of climate change can be counter-intuitive, due to the complex way in which the Earth’s climate system responds to global warming. However, for many winegrowers, especially for those in warmer environments, such as the US West Coast, adapting […]

Modulating a wine profile via an innovative use of vine-shoots

Modulating a wine profile via an innovative use of vine-shoots The chemical composition of vine-shoots is characterised by oenological compounds with high added value, which could contribute to the sensory profile of wines. In this study, toasted vine-shoots from two varieties were used in two different formats, granules and chips, and added to wine at […]

Spier – Storing carbon in the soil and Water conservation

Executive Summary: Spier, near Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. The 621ha family-owned estate is holistically farmed to create a diversified, balanced ecosystem with minimal impact on the environment. A primary focus is the regeneration of soil fertility, which is achieved through methods such […]

Defining Natural Wine Through the Lens of Sustainability – an article by MYSA

Defining Natural Wine Through the Lens of Sustainability Natural wine is somewhat of a controversial term, mostly due by its lack of formal definition. In this article I will attempt to provide more specificity around the term natural wine and analyze it through the lens of different sustainability standards. We’ll also take a look at […]

Herdade dos Grous – Sustainability Strategy

SUMMARY Located in Baixo Alentejo, in hard edaphic and climatic conditions, Herdade dos Grous uses agricultural management practices that aim to integrate agriculture into the environment with an enormous respect for land and Nature. It has been developing a philosophy of sustainable production in all its aspects, with a special focus on the vineyard and winery. […]

Lieselehof – Resistant viticulture with PIWI Grapes

Executive Summary “PIWI“ is a German abbreviation and stands for fungus resistant grape varieties. These were created by crossing European grape varieties and American fungus resistant varietals. The resilience towards the illnesses in vines comes from the fact that these varieties are Hybrids between American/Asian vines (which have a natural resistance towards Peronospora and Oidium) […]