n Farmer’s Weekly - Increase wine grape profits with successful mechanisation : crops - cover

Volume 2016, Issue 16010
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



While most wine grape producers in the Olifants river have been struggling to keep their heads above water, Izak de Beer won the 2015 regional VinPro competition with a block of Colombar vines. His block yielded an income more than double the regional average. The 10,5ha block produced an average of 50t/ha at a cost of R30 000/ha and an income of R75 000/ha. For 20 years, Izak kept his focus on quality. Then, last year, he shifted to profitability. "People often think that mechanisation shortens the vineyard's lifespan. My vineyards have proved that mechanisation can boost farm profitability without having a negative impact on vine health.

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