Soil Quality Audits for Viticulture
For new vineyards, it is essential that all relevant geology and soil information be considered prior to land purchase and vineyard development. Problems such as poor subsoil drainage, severe subsoil acidity and variable waterholding capacity are very difficult to manage once trellises and irrigation systems have been installed.
The expense of obtaining the required soil information is only a small fraction of total development costs and land values, and is a form of insurance against project failure.
SOILmgt has 20 years experience with these issues in established vineyards and at ‘new development’ sites.
We use appropriate blends of new and mature assessment technologies to provide practical and affordable soil management outcomes for clients.
We value input from vineyard managers & staff – and their viticulture advisers – during soil assessment, reporting and ongoing monitoring.
- Regional soil reconnaissance to assist with land purchasing for vineyard developments
- Detailed soil surveys for new vineyards
- Yield map interpretation in existing vineyards
- A focus on cool-climate viticulture in areas with volcanic parent materials