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What is
Precision Viticulture?


Precision Viticulture (PV) is a scientific approach to managing variability within vineyards, such as differences in soil capacity.

It is based on vineyard analysis by means of advanced sensor technology, the most popular being aerial imagery in the red and near-infrared range. PV provides images showing vineyard conditions, and that allows us to demarcate zones of different vine performance.

For more information, have a look at our info-poster
"Precision Viticulture in Bein's vineyard" 
(pdf, 256KB)

THE VINEYARD

As possibly the smallest commercial estate in the Cape, our vineyard comprises only 2,2 hectares, exclusively planted to Merlot vines. This small size allows for a caring and environmentally responsible viticulture, based on the latest knowledge and techniques, including Precision Viticulture (see inset or our info-poster about PV in Bein's vineyard-pdf).

We are certified by IPW SA (Integrated Production of Wine SA) for environmentally friendly and sustainable viti-viniculture from planting to bottling.

Bein Wine's vineyard is ideally suited for growing Merlot. It is situated on the cooler southern slopes of Stellenbosch's Polkadraai Hills, and is blessed with deep and highly weathered granite soils. The climate is Mediterranean with dry, sunny summers and sufficient rainfall in winter. And the proximity to the coast, with its beautiful panoramic view over False Bay, ensures refreshing breezes and sufficient air humidity. This is particularly important during the warm South African summer for a slow and even ripening of the fruit.

Precision Viticulture scheme at Bein WineAt Bein Wine, the use of Precision Viticulture allows us targeted management decisions according to zonal requirements, such as fertilising, water allocation, harvest timing and winemaking strategy.

In this way, the quality of each micro site within our vineyard can be developed to its individual potential, yielding several wines of distinctly different character from one single vineyard!