Knowledge is power
We regularly hold workshops and seminars on ecologically wise winegrowing practices, from the vineyard to the winery. Events are open to all NZ winegrower members with plenty to learn regardless of your current organic status.
Scroll through the field days and webinars to find the closest one to you and register today!
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Organic conversion field day | Central Otago
Date: Postponed. A new date will be posted shortly.
Place: Nanny Goat Cellar Door, 68 Queensberry Terrace, Queensberry
Come hear about the journey of taking over an organic vineyard, learn about the conversion process and join a discussion on organic practices that can apply to any vineyard.
Nanny Goat Vineyard purchased their 12.9 hectare Queensberry vineyard in July 2019, having relied solely on contracted grape supply since their first vintage in 2005. 9.85 hectares gained organic certification in early 2019, prior to their purchase. This proved to be an exciting yet daunting opportunity for Nanny Goat, having no previous experience in organic viticulture to draw on.
Coming purely from a conventional farming background, Nanny Goat Winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald will share Nanny Goat's experience in being new to organic viticulture, struggles they faced, mistakes they made, what they have learnt and plans for future development. Workshop attendees will get to visit the vineyard, join in on discussions and also hear from skilled organic Viticulturist, Jason Thomson from Viticultura.
The event will also include a short presentation from Organic Winegrowers New Zealand on the organic wine market and the organic certification process.
The day will conclude with a tasting of local certified organic wines; organic growers, please bring a bottle to share.
This event is free; however places are limited, register here today.
Brought to you by Organic Winegrowers New Zealand, with support from Nanny Goat Vineyard and New Zealand Winegrowers.
Webinar: Composting in the vineyard
Date: Thursday, 18th February
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 p.m NZT
Compost is sometimes called ‘black gold’ for a reason. It’s more than just a source of organic matter and nutrients; it is a foundation for increased soil and vine health. Compost builds soil biodiversity, feeds soil microorganisms, increases soil’s capacity to hold nutrients and water, and recycles a waste stream (grape marc) into a high-value product.
This webinar is a chance to listen to Steve Erickson, one of New Zealand’s leading composting practitioners, and ask your questions so that you can be ready to build your compost following harvest. Topics covered will include soil biology, benefits of composting, materials, techniques, and monitoring and management of your compost heap. An experienced organic grower will also join the session to share practical aspects of vineyard composting.
About our speaker:
Steve Erickson has been involved in organic and regenerative farming since 1983. From 1993 to 2003, he ran a commercial composting operation. Since 2003, he and his wife Jenny have farmed in Waihi at their 200-hectare certified organic farm Chaos Springs, which includes dairy grazing, orcharding, cropping, forestry and a compost operation. With their focus on internal nutrient management, the farm has thrived with no application of commercial fertilisers for the past 18 years. They host regular workshops on farm-scale composting and other topics, and manufacture liquid composting systems.
Register online here.
Organic conversion field day | Nelson
Date: Wednesday, 24th February
Place: Neudorf Cellar Door, Upper Moutere
Come learn the ins and outs of converting a vineyard to organic management, and learn organic practices that can apply to any vineyard.
Neudorf Vineyards has a total vineyard area of approx. 19 hectares. The vineyard is broken up into two sites, all run organically. The home vineyard has been 100% certified organic since vintage 2019. Their second site, Rosie’s Block, is a combination of certified organic and in-conversion-to-organic blocks, with around ¼ of the land planted in the last three years. Workshop attendees will get to visit the vineyard and hear from Neudorf viticulturist Stefan Brockley. Stefan joined Neudorf halfway through the 2017/18 season from Greenhough Vineyards, having spent five seasons there in organics. He will discuss nutrition, weed control / competition, spraying and practical issues like irrigation lines vs undervine weeders and more.
The event will also include a short presentation from Organic Winegrowers New Zealand on the organic wine market and the organic certification process. The day will conclude with a tasting of local certified organic wines; organic growers, please bring a bottle to share.
This event is free; registration is required.
Register online here.