This page provides links to practical information on vineyard resting or ‘mothballing’. The principle of vineyard resting is to reduce vineyard management costs in blocks that are not producing fruit for sale, while still allowing for a rapid return to productive cropping in future years. Resources include fact sheets, articles, online tools and webinar recordings.
- Agrochemical update: Permit for ethephon products for cordon bunch crop removal (AWRI eBulletin 5 October 2023)
- Techniques for vineyard resting (AWRI webinar 18 August 2023)
- Dixon, R. 2023. Grapegrower Winemaker (717): 36-41. Understanding the costs and benefits of producing a wine-grape crop in low market demand years. This article presents a cost-benefit analysis of a range of scenarios (in a hot and a cool wine growing region) for producing a wine-grape crop, to assist growers in making informed production decisions. The analysis evaluates the economic feasibility of maintaining vineyards during periods of reduced demand and provides insights into strategic decision-making for growers.
- Essling, M. 2023. Ask the AWRI: Factors involved in ‘mothballing’ vineyards Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker (703): 69-70.
- AWRI information pack on mothballing vineyards
- Wine Australia’s online resources on mothballing vineyards