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1 Vine Reproduction Describe grapevine reproductive morphology and grapevine varietal differences Range: inflorescence primordial, buds, flowers, berries, clusters Describe the 18-month reproductive cycle of a grapevine


3 Inflorescence initiation
The potential yield of a vine is determined approximately 16 months before harvest

4 Inflorescence initiation
Inflorescence initiation starts in the buds as they develop and continue to develop for 8-12 weeks Therefore the basal buds have potentially the most time to develop

5 Inflorescence initiation
Inflorescence primordia and tendril primordia develop from the same initial structures, called anlagen, which are undifferentiated tissue Environmental conditions and the interaction of hormones determines whether the anlagen will develop into inflorescence primordia or tendril primordia

6 Inflorescence initiation
Inflorescence initiation occurs at about the same time as flowering Therefore conditions at flowering also affect inflorescence initiation In good conditions vines usually form two inflorescence primordia, but may form up to four


8 Inflorescence initiation
Inflorescence initiation is favoured by: Warm conditions


10 Inflorescence initiation
Light Increased light to buds and leaves increases fruitfulness

11 (Source: winker, et al, (1974))

12 Inflorescence initiation
Optimum nutrient levels Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous deficiencies all affect fruitfulness

13 Inflorescence initiation
Carbohydrate levels High vigour or drought can reduce the carbohydrate levels reducing inflorescence initiation

14 Inflorescence initiation
The location of the bud Generally the primary bud has larger and more inflorescence primordia as it is the most well developed Buds located at nodes 4-10 potentially tend to have more inflorescence due mainly to the temperatures and time of development

15 Figure 5.2: fruitfulness along a cane

16 Inflorescence initiation
These factors have implications for pruning For example, particularly in cooler climates cane pruning is favoured to achieve maximum fruitful buds

17 Inflorescence initiation
Where low crops are desired, for example in premium cabernet sauvignon spur pruning may be favoured Canes that have grown in sunlight are generally selected, as they have many potentially fruitful buds

18 Flowering and Fertilisation
Figure 5.3: bloom sequence of grape flower: (a) calyptra attached, (b) calyptra separating, (c) open flower (after Babo and mach, 1909) (Source: weaver, 1976)

19 Flowering and Fertilisation
Figure 5.4: flower types: (a) hermaphrodite, (b) female, (c) male (After Babo and mach, 1909) (Source: weaver, 1976)

20 Flowering and Fertilisation
V. Vinifera varieties generally have perfect or hermaphrodite flowers These flowers have functional pistil and stamens so they are capable of self pollination

21 Flowering and Fertilisation
flower development As buds swell in the spring the inflorescence primordia which developed the year before, begin to differentiate into flowers Flowering usually occurs 6-10 weeks after the beginning of shoot growth The flower is fully developed when the pollen is mature in the anthers. 

22 Flowering and Fertilisation
Pollination and fertilisation Definitions: Pollination: The transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma

23 Flowering and Fertilisation
The union of male nuclei from the pollen to the female nuclei in the ovary 

24 Flowering and Fertilisation
The first visual indication that pollination is occurring is when Capfall occurs The pollen is released from the mature anthers this is termed cap fall and flowering is generally determined as when 80% cap fall occurs

25 Flowering and Fertilisation
The pollen falls onto the stigma, then develops a tube which grows down the style to the ovary for fertilisation to take place Fertilisation occurs 2-3 days after pollination


27 Flowering and Fertilisation
The embryo and berry development begin The embryo forms the seeds and the ovary becomes the berry

28 Flowering and Fertilisation
Fruit set Fruit set is the transformation of flowers to fruit Up to 70-80% of the flowers may fail to set The size of the berry is largely determined by the number of seeds it contains

29 Flowering and Fertilisation
The more seeds the larger the fruit A berry may contain up to four seeds, although two or less is usual in the wine grape varieties Berries with pistils that have not been fertilised will abscise from the cluster This is termed shatter

30 Flowering and Fertilisation
The timing and the duration of flowering are influenced by: Climate influences In warm climates, flowering will begin when the mean daily temperature reaches 20oC In cool climates, flowering can last several weeks, and increasing day length is thought to stimulate flowering

31 Flowering and Fertilisation
Warm, sunny, dry conditions favour pollen dispersal Cold, wet days prevent cap fall reducing the level of fertilization The growth of the pollen tube is also temperature sensitive Pollen tube growth is slowed in cooler weather, leading to a reduction in fertilization

32 The changes in berry development
The green stage (Stage I). This is a period of rapid cell division leading to increased berry size. The berry remains hard and green


34 The resting stage (Stage II)
is a period of slow physical growth, but is the time seed development occurs.


36 The ripening stage (Stage III)
The beginning of the ripening period is signalled by veraison. The berry begins to soften and the colour of the berry changes due to colour pigment synthesis denoting the start of ripening.


38 The ripening stage (Stage III)
It is characterised by increasing berry size, but, sugar begins to increase (increasing Brix), acids decrease, and colour and flavour develop. The berries become softer to touch and translucent in appearance.

39 Acids The rate of decline of malic acid may depend on: Temperature
In hot climates, malic acid is metabolised more rapidly than in cool climates As a rough rule of thumb, reaction rates for many reactions double or triple for every 10 degrees

40 Acids Cultivar Some varieties, eg Cabernet franc, Chenin blanc, Syrah and Pinot noir, have proportionally higher malic acid Riesling, Semillon, merlot, Grenache have higher tartaric acid content

41 Acids The total amount of tartaric acid in the berry reduces slowly as the berry ripens However, tartaric acid levels decline compared to berry volume due to a dilution effect of increased in sugars and fluid in the cells

42 Potassium Potassium (K+) increases after veraison in the skin although the mechanism of uptake is not well understood Potassium uptake increases the pH

43 Phenolic Compounds Phenolic compounds give colour, flavour, aroma and aging properties to wines, especially red wines Phenolics are found in the seeds and skin, but are generally extracted from the skin during wine making Anthocyanins are the specific phenols that produce colour in the berry skin

44 Phenolic Compounds Phenols are thought to be produced in the berry itself They are not transported from other parts of the vine

45 Phenolic Compounds Anthocyanin synthesis depends on Temperature
Sugar accumulation Hereditary factors

46 Nitrogen Compounds During ripening the total nitrogen content of the berry increases due to an increase in ammonia cations, amino acids and proteins

47 Aromatic Compounds Aroma compounds develop late in berry development and many are found close to the skin Ripeness and sun exposure have effects on these compounds

48 Cultural and Climatic Influences on Berry Maturation
Yield Achieving a balance between yield, quality and vine health is essential Yields have been increased by using: Improved clonal material Disease free material Fertilisation, irrigation and pest control However, increasing yield can reduce the vines ability to mature the fruit

49 Yield Overcropping Delays fruit maturity Retains acidity
Retards anthocyanin synthesis Reduces sugar accumulation and flavour development Suppresses subsequent yields May shorten vine life

50 Yield Achieving an ideal yield depends on The variety
Soil characteristics Weather The desired end product

51 Yield Undercropping Will not necessarily improve vine quality either
It can result in:

52 Yield Prolonged shoot growth and leaf production Increased shading
Depressed fruit acidity Unbalanced berry nitrogen and inorganic nutrient concentration Reduced yield can also lead to larger berries

53 Sunlight The proportion of far red light increases within the canopy
Increased proportions of far red is thought to: Delay anthocyanin synthesis & decrease sugar concentration Increase ammonia and nitrate content in fruit Increase the total acidity

54 Sunlight Sunlight increases anthocyanin synthesis
Shaded fruit may have higher titratable acidity and concentrations of tartaric and malic acids and a lower pH However, less pigmented varieties such as Pinot noir, require more direct exposure than more pigmented varieties

55 Sunlight This may be a reflection of potassium accumulation and lower pH Magnesium and potassium can also be increased by shading Berry size increases with shading Grape aroma is also enhanced with increasing sunlight

56 Temperature Sunlight directly and indirectly increases berry temperatures Darker coloured fruit has increased temperatures, and tightly clustered fruit will have increased temperature

57 The Effect of Climatic and Viticultural Variable on Berry Temperature
Effect on Berry Temperature Sunlight Intensity Berry temperature increases with increasing sunlight intensity. Wind speed Berry temperature more closely approaches air temperature with high wind speed. Fruit exposure Berry temperature is increased with exposure to sunlight and decreased with exposure to clear skies at night. Cluster compactness Berry temperature increases with more compact clusters, less wind penetration. Temperature is more rapidly conducted berry to berry across tight clusters. Berry size Large berries are heated in sunlight more than small ones. Berry colour Dark berries are heated in sunlight more than white ones. Sugar content Immature berries will be heated more in sunlight than mature.

58 Temperature Increased berry temperature increases

59 Temperature Malic acid metabolism Anthocyanin synthesis
Sugar accumulation Amino acid content Potassium accumulation Improved aromas

60 Temperature However this is varietal dependent and also dependent on the temperature and duration of temperature

61 Temperature Increased temperature decreases: Flavour and aroma
Fruit development if high temperatures occur after pollination, reducing berry size due to vine stress


63 Nutrients Nitrogen directly affects canopy growth and shading
This impacts indirectly on fruit quality Low soil nitrogen may increase anthocyanin synthesis High potassium levels can reduce berry pH, lowering fruit colour and colour stability in red wines

64 Water Water affects the vine vigour
A balance should be achieved to ensure fruit matures Excess water leads to canopy shading which indirectly affects ripening Excess water can also lead to a dilution effect in the berry, and in some varieties berry splitting occurs, resulting in quality loss

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