• Jacob Herr

UC Davis Releases 5 New Wine Grape Varieties

In order to help combat the negative impact of Pierce's disease, which costs California grape growers over $100 million a year, UC Davis researchers have released 5 new highly resistant varieties of wine grapes. The grapes have been in development for about 20 years, and are the first new varieties that the university has released since the 1980's. Researchers are hopeful that the new varieties will make viticulture much more sustainable, especially around rivers and creeks, where Pierce's disease is most prevalent. The new varieties came at the perfect time, especially when considering the arrival of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a nonnative species of insect that threatens to burgeon the spread of the disease. The new wines crafted out of these grapes include three reds (camminare noir, paseante noir, and errante noir) and 2 whites (ambulo blanc and caminante blanc). Even though evaluation of their wines has just begun, California winegrowers are optimistic about the quality of these new grapes. Jacob Herr Vineteq Sales Representative Vineteq’s mission is to optimize a vineyard’s spraying processes by utilizing autonomous decision making in an app and web-based solution. Our service acts as an advising unit that prompts vineyard owners, managers, and workers with ways of performing the best spraying techniques and spray inventory management while maintaining full control of their vineyard. Spray recommendations will be based on data from seasonal spray charts, regional weather patterns, precise geographic location, and disease models, to create the optimal spray program for the vineyard. Vineteq benefits long-term customers through the collection of vineyard data. This information can be used to help identify weather, spray, and disease trends to make more informed, data-driven decisions year after year.

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