2018/2019 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report no. 5: December 19 – 20


2018/2019 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report no. 5: December 19 – 20


A wine grape bud hardiness report is generated and distributed to the Grape Growers of Nova Scotia (GGANS) membership on a bi-weekly basis throughout the dormant season. The bi-weekly survey is performed on 3 vinifera cultivars (‘Chardonnay’, ‘Riesling’, ‘Pinot Noir’) and 2 hybrid cultivars (‘L’Acadie Blanc’, ‘Marquette’) and involves 10 grower collaborators for a total of 23 varietal blocks in total. Each report uses a table to show the latest low temperature exotherm (LTE) levels for the present and past weeks. The report also includes comments highlighting observations over the last reporting period, a plot showing the change in LTE values throughout the season, the historical 100 year minimum values and the present year’s minimum values. Three times throughout the season (early, middle, late) 11 “extra” varieties (‘Baco Noir’, ‘Chenin Blanc’, ‘Geisenheim’, ‘Leon Millot’, ‘Lucie Kuhlman’, ‘New York Muscat’, ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, ‘Seyval Blanc’, ‘Seyval Blanc’, ‘Vidal Blanc’, ‘Ortega’) from 22 additional varietal blocks are also reported.

The table and graph show that bud hardiness values for all varieties in our survey have remained reasonably constant throughout the first three weeks of December. If you look closely at the trend graph, you can see that there has been a slight increase in the acclimation temperature. This is likely caused by the return to more seasonable temperatures in the week before Christmas, which caused a slight de-acclimation.

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