Ecophysiological characterisation of viticultural terroirs: Stellenbosch

Project Number
WW 13-12

Project title
Ecophysiological characterisation of viticultural terroirs: Stellenbosch

Project leader
Carey, V A

Institution
University of Stellenbosch

Project description
In order to maintain a competitive edge in the international wine market it is vital to produce unique wines of high quality. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to determine viticultural terroirs and understand their functioning re Vitis vinifera in order to ensure optimum cultivar placement and choice of technology. In order to finally determine viticultural terroirs it is necessary to monitor the terroir, vine and wine interaction.

This project aims to finalise the natural terroir unit identification and to establish a reference network of pertinent cultivars on dominant natural terroir units within the Stellenbosch wine producing area for further ecophysiological studies.

Poster(s)
Coetzee, Z A, Carey, V A and Strever, A E. 2006. Quantification of vigour: A correlation between remote sensing and field measurements. Poster presented at the 29th National Congress of South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 14-17 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

Shange, P, Carey, V A, Fey, M and Strever, A E. 2006. The challenge of ‘heuweltjie’ soils for viticulture in the south Western Cape, South Africa. Poster presented at the 29th National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 14-17 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

Witbooi, E and Carey, V A. 2006. The effect of grapevine vigour and soil colour on grape colour. Poster presented at the 29th National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 14-17 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

Witbooi, E H and Carey, V A. 2010. Sensory evaluation of Sauvignon blanc grapes by a trained panel. Poster at the 4th International Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 28-30 July, Cape Town, South Africa.

Serra-Stepke, I, Howell, C L, Coetzee, Z A and Carey, V A. 2010. Shoot length and number of leaves as main factors for determining leaf area of primary and secondary shoots of Sauvignon blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines growing in the Stellenbosch and Helderberg wine district. Poster presented at the 4th International Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 28-30 July, Cape Town, South Africa.

Presentation(s)
Carey, V A. 1999. The potential of Ficksburg and surrounding areas for wine grape cultivation. Presentation at the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Farmers’ Day. 27 May, Ficksburg, South Africa.

Carey, V A. 1999. The spatial characterisation of viticultural terrains in the Bottelary-Helderberg wine growing area. Paper presented at the 24th National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 18-19 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

Schmidt, A. 1999. The influence of terrain selection on Cabernet Sauvignon. Paper presented at the 24th National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 18-19 November, Somerset West, South Africa

Carey, V A. 2000. The delimitation of macro-climatic regions in the Western Cape with the aid of a geographic information system and the determination of their potential for various cultivars. Presentation to the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin Expert: Vitivinicultural Zoning. 6 March.

Carey, V A, Archer, E, Barbeau, G and Saayman, D. 2006. The use of viticultural and enological performance of grapevines to identify terroirs: The example of Sauvignon blanc in Stellenbosch. Paper presented at the 6th International Terroir Congress. July, Bordeaux and Montpellier, France

Shange, P, Carey, V A, Fey, M and Strever, A E. 2006. The challenge of ‘heuweltjie’ soils for viticulture in the South Western Cape, South Africa. Paper presented at the 29th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 4th General Assembly of the OIV. 25-30 June, Logrono, Spain.

Carey V A, Bonnardot, V M F, Coetzee Z and Du Cos de St Barthélemy. 2008. The performance of grapevines on identified terroirs in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Paper presented at the 7th International Terroir Congress. 14-18 June 2008, Soave, Italy.

Carey V A, Coetzee, Z and Du Cos de St Barthélemy, L. 2008. The response of grapevines to dominant terroirs in Stellenbosch. Paper presented at the 31st World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 6th General Assembly of the OIV. 15-20 Jun 2008, Verona, Italy.

Witbooi, E H, Carey, V A, Hoffman, J E and Strever, A E. 2008. The relationship between soil surface colour and the performance of Vitis vinifera l. cv. Cabernet Sauvignon in Stellenbosch wine district. Part I. Vegetative growth. Paper presented at the 31st World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 6th General Assembly of the OIV. 15-20 Jun, Verona, Italy.

Witbooi, E H, Carey, V A, Hoffman, J E and Strever, A E. 2008. The relationship between soil surface colour and the performance of Vitis vinifera l. cv. Cabernet Sauvignon in Stellenbosch wine district. Part II. Yield, berry and wine composition. Paper presented at the 31st World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 6th General Assembly of the OIV. 15-20 Jun, Verona, Italy.

Serra-Stepke, I and Carey, V A. 2010. Root growth response to lateral removal in Sauvignon blanc/Richter 110 in two soils. Paper presented at the 32nd National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 12 December, Somerset West, South Africa.

Article
Carey, V A, Bonnardot, V M F, Schmidt, A, Theron, J C D. 2003. The interaction between vintage, vineyard site (mesoclimate) and wine aroma of Vitis vinifera L. Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Stellenbosch and Klein Drakenstein wine producing region, Bulletin d’OIV, v. 76 (863-864) (p. 4-29)

Carey, V A, Saayman, D, Archer, E, Barbeau, G, Wallace, M. 2008. Viticultural terroirs in Stellenbosch South Africa. Part I. The identification of natural terroir units, Journal International des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, v. 42 (4) (p. 169-183)

Carey, V A, Archer, E, Barbeau, G, Saayman, D. 2008. Viticultural terroirs in Stellenbosch South Africa. Part II. The interaction of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc with the environment, Journal International des ScienceS de la Vigne et du Vin, v. 42 (4) (p. 185-201)

Carey, V A, Archer, E, Barbeau, G, Saayman, D. 2008. Viticultural terroirs in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Part III. Spatialisation of viticultural and enological potential of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc by means of a preliminary model, Journal International des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, v. 43 (1) (p. 1-12)

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