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A first organic harvest

By Caine Thompson, Mission Estate Viticulturist Veraison to harvest was a challenging time in Hawkes Bay as a grape grower. During this period all blocks in the trial were well set up, with nice open canopies and good balance in … Continue reading

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Assessing the trial as harvest approaches

By Caine Thompson, Viticulturist, Mission Estate In Hawkes Bay during the early summer period we often battle with powdery mildew as the conditions are favorable for this disease. This season has been no different, with high pressure conditions being persistent. … Continue reading

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January vineyard update: organic & conventional blocks all in good health

By Caine Thompson, Viticulturist, Mission Estate The January period has bought about some fairly extreme weather events. We have experienced dry, settled conditions with warm temperatures thanks to predominantly north west weather patterns. These conditions have accelerated shoot growth and berry … Continue reading

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December update from the vineyard

By Caine Thompson, Mission Estate Viticulturist On Bart’s arrival on the 7th of December for his second advisory visit to the vineyard, we discussed with Peter Holley (CEO, Mission Estate) the project to date and how it was progressing. At … Continue reading

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November update from the vineyard

By Caine Thompson, Vineyard Manager, Mission Estate The later part of spring has seen conditions more settled than early spring with warmer temperatures being reported around Hawkes Bay. As a result spring growth has been steady after a slow start … Continue reading

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Focus vineyard project launches

Why organic? By Caine Thompson, Viticulturist & Vineyards Manager, Mission Estate There are a number of varying views about organic growing, and questions about whether it is achievable, whether it is cost effective, and whether fruit quality and quantity can be … Continue reading

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