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By: Vine  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Vineyard

Services Throughout a vineyard’s life, it requires different services and attention as it moves from development towards maturity. Every working vineyard needs management to ensure that viticultural performance can be optimised and fruit quality can be delivered to specifications. In addition to the daily, weekly and seasonal inputs, vineyards also occasionally need expert assessment and analysis – the realm of the consultant.1. Vineyard development
Planning, co-ordination, and management of ground preparation, irrigation and trellis installation, planting and vine training.Fees: Charged at hourly rates or quoted on a project basis.
2. Vineyard management
Properties are managed to a clear set of specifications determined in conjunction with the owner and winemaker.Casual work – supervision and supply of labour and machinery if required – for specific vineyard tasks.Fees: Charged at either a quoted “per hectare” rate on a monthly basis, or at a predetermined fee for management only with labour and machinery calculated at the hourly rates listed below.
3. Vineyard consultancy
- Supplied by Nick Hoskins for issues related to
- vineyard performance, fruit and wine quality
- vineyard performance, financial
- vine health and nutrition
- variety, clone and rootstock selectionFees: Charged at $150 per hour plus additional expenses or quoted for ongoing management input.
Rates for labour and machinery 2009-2010
MachineryRate (excluding operator)
Tractor$ 45
Sprayer (pest)$ 70
Sprayer (weed)$ 55
Leaf plucker$125
Mower$ 50
Trimmer$ 95
Mulch mow$ 75
Net applicator$ 90

Vineyard manager$ 25
Supervisors$ 20
Tractor drivers$ 20
Contract labourers$ 17

Note: Rates are exclusive of GST.
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Vineyard