week13 - Great Wines Are Made In The Vineyard Lesson 13...

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1 Great Wines Are Made In The Vineyard Lesson 13 (Chapter 11) Deceiving Similarities • Is a vineyard a vineyard? – The vineyard landscapes vary greatly across/within regions – Viticulturists/grape growers in different regions apply different growing practices/systems A Mosel(le) Vineyard A Napa Valley Vineyard Vines in the Vineyard • Vines per acre: – Premier French and German vineyards may have as many as 2000-3000 vines/acre – Such high density are also occurring in New World Vineyards • It is still not uncommon to have 360-1200 vines/acre – Replanting of vines are often done at greater densities
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2 Leaf Arrangement • Premium wine growers control the development of their vines’ canopies – Optimize • Light interception • Wine quality – Intercepted light is used for photosynthesis • Sugars are transported to the developing fruit Thin Canopies are Good • The more intense the light, the more intense the photosynthesis –Up to The Light Saturation Point • Limiting factors: – Available chlorophyll, light wave-lengths, available carbon, temperature, available enzymes – Leaves cannot use all the sun: • The vine benefits from more leaves – Leaves that do not get enough sun, will not produce enough sugar for their own needs, “starving” the fruit • The vine benefits from less leaves Thin Canopies are Good • Four Reasons: – It takes energy to grow and sustain leaves – Shaded leaves will not produce enough energy to sustain their own needs – Shaded roots produce a smaller crop next year – Shaded leaves and fruits
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3 Shaded and Fruit
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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week13 - Great Wines Are Made In The Vineyard Lesson 13...

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