Cecilia Grallert and Rodrigo Laytte, LG Terroir and Wine Consulting The wine industry in Canada has been growing steadily over time and Nova Scotia is an important region for growth. In our province, development in the wine sector has been increasing rapidly; since the beginning of 2000, many wineries have appeared on the scene with different varieties and wine styles. The main goal of the Terroir Analysis of the Nova Scotia Wine Growing Region 2017 project is to determine which varieties are more suitable for our environmental conditions, specifically for the targeted wine styles. Also, the project seeks areas where improved management decisions in theRead More →

On July 4th, 2018 federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced an investment of up to $8.4 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Clusters. This is the first time grape and wine producing organizations from across the country have come together, as the CGCN, to develop a national research cluster. The breakdown of Cluster activities is as follows:  Activity 1 – Science Coordination (Canadian Grapevine Certification Network) Canada Wide Science Coordination involves the coordination and monitoring of Cluster science and research activities. This includes liaising with Principal Investigators, ensuring research is aligned with priorities, reviewing annualRead More →

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has put together a working group to comment on regulations for diseases such as grapevine fanleaf virus, Tomato ringspot virus, grapevine leaf roll associated virus and grapevine red blotch associated virus. Their meeting notes and presentations can be accessed online as a resource to us in Canada. To see presentations click here Read More →

In research done by Wendy McFadden-Smith (OMAFRA), Sudarsana Poojari and Jean-Philippe Parent (AAFC), Typical symptoms of Leafroll disease in red cultivars include red-purple discoloration, and rolling backwards of the leaves. In white varietals, this is not as prevalent, although can sometimes be seen closer to the end of the growing season. Although Grapevine leafroll and Grapevine red blotch can be similar in appearance, there are slight differences observed such as no downward rolling of leaf margins in red blotch infected red and white cultivars. To read the full article click hereRead More →

Developed by a team of  researchers at the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Center, the interactive Climate Atlas of Canada is now available online, and free for all to use! The new map will allow users to track growing degree days with various bases, precipitation, frosts, and extreme heat and cold trends as well as see predictions for the coming years. Also included is documentaries on how Canadians are adjusting to the impacts of global warming. With French and English functions, the map is accessible to all, and an invaluable tool when used for weather predictions, as it is based upon the data of 12Read More →