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Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines

Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines

Soil Management for Productive Vineyards

Now Published!

By R White, University of Melbourne, Australia, M Krstic, Australian Wine Research Institute, Australia

August 2019 / Hardback / 224 Pages / 9781789243161 £75.00 / €90.00 / $105.00
With 10% online discount: £67.50 / €81.00 / $94.50
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Main Description

Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines provides a clear understanding of vineyard soils and how to manage and improve soil health for best vineyard performance. It covers the inherent and dynamic properties of soil health, how to choose which soil properties to monitor, how to monitor soil and vine performance, and how vineyard management practices affect soil health, fruit composition and wine sensory characters. It also covers the basic tenets of sustainable winegrowing and their significance for business resilience in the face of a changing climate.


This book will be of practical value to anyone growing grapevines, managing a vineyard or making wine, from the small individual grower to the large wine company employee. It will be of special interest to winegrowers employing organic, natural, or biodynamic methods of production, where the primary focus is on the biological health of the soil.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the concept of soil health
  • Chapter 2: Inherent factors of soil health
  • Chapter 3: Dynamic factors of soil health
  • Chapter 4: Assessing soil health
  • Chapter 5: Viticultural practices and soil health
  • Chapter 6: Soil and environmental influences on grapevine growth, fruit and wine characteristics
  • Chapter 7: What does the future hold?

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