With emergency funding from the Grape Growers of Ontario and Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) the VineAlert programme is saved for another year.
VineAlert is a unique program that monitors and alerts grape growers of extreme weather patterns. Protecting the grapevine buds during cold temperatures and high wind speeds during winter months is vital for a healthy harvest in the fall. In addition, VineAlert provides data to help grape growers understand when the buds are most vulnerable in order to adjust their farming practices accordingly and map out historic trends. This tool is a useful resource for growers as well as a collaborative project between industries.
The program operated unfunded at the end of 2018 and without help from the Grape Growers of Ontario and CCOVI this valuable research tool would not be available for growers. VineAlert will utilize the needed funding to develop a fiscally sustainable model in hopes to permit the program’s survival for future years.
The most recent bud hardiness data can be viewed by clicking here to visit the VineAlert website.
Source: Wines in Niagara January 22,2019 news release