Winter has arrived very late this year with the first frost during week 25. Our cold units accumulation to date is satisfactory and higher than previous two seasons. The starting of our pruning activity (see pruned vine in photo) started 2 weeks later and the first dormancy-breaking agents were applied in week 28. Currently we expect a later than normal [...]
Planting of new orchards and re-establishment of older blocks and varieties takes place during the winter months. The planting programme for 2019 is as follow: Gamcaip : A block of Ralli Seedless is being replaced with Ivory. Grand View: A block of Melody is being replaced with Merbein (for raisins). Bellevue: Magenta is being replaced with Arra 29. LA Grape [...]
Britton Burnett was recently appointed at Bellevue as Junior Production Manager. Britton studied Viticulture & Oenology at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) at Wellington in the Western Cape.
Above: Frans Smit Frans Smit was recently appointed at Grand View Farm as Production Manager. Frans studied B.Agric. Animal Production and following this, he completed an Honours Degree in Wildlife Management.