Many wine regions are doing research to better understand the challenges posed by climate change. In the recently inaugurated Bragato Research Institute in Blenheim, Marlborough, in New Zealand, 84 small fermentation tanks and a lot of other necessary equipment, some in miniature format, will enable various research projects for both viticulture and vinification.
After two very dry years in New Zealand, research concerning the vine’s water needs is high on the wish list. How much water does the vine actually need and exactly when does it need it? The research will include so-called “pressure bombing” where you measure the water potential of the vine leaves in a small pressure chamber. In this way you can very precisely decide if and when to irrigate.
Other important research topics at the Bragato Research Institute will be on sustainability, new aromas, testing new equipment, and much else. Exciting with a new research centre for wine.
Read more: tvnz
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