The winemaker’s guide to wine in a can

Canned wines have been gaining popularity in the international market, but for most winemakers the process is still new. According to the author, Dr Carien Coetzee, there are various factors to consider with regards to the aluminium packaging, as well as producing wine for this specific packaging.

“All wines made for canning can also be packaged in glass bottles, but not all wine prepared for glass bottles can be canned.”

It is important for winemakers to understand these risk factors associated with canned wines, as the development of wine faults post packaging can harm potential market growth.

The book consolidates information obtained from scientific publications, personal communication with companies Nampak Bevcan (South African can manufacturer), Enartis USA, Tiny Keg Can Co (South African can filling company) and three international reviewers: Neil Scrimgeour (The Australian Wine Research Institute), Dr Eric Wilkes (The Australian Wine Research Institute) and Prof. Gavin Sacks (Cornell University). The book was conceptualised and published by Winetech.

Soil Preparation for Sustainable Wine and Table Grape Vineyards

This book covers knowledge gleaned from research and practical experience that accumulated in South Africa over the past 100 years. Soil preparation, often regarded as deep tillage only, also includes many other forms of soil profile modification such as ridging, drainage, terracing, reclamation of saline soils and even planting holes. Soil type predominantly determines what soil preparation practices and implements are required. The book aims to give practical information on these topics, but also to explain the background to such recommendations and to provide experimental evidence in support. Throughout the book, the aim of soil profile modification takes into account root distribution, which is a prerequisite for maximised and sustainable grapevine performance. The target readership is growers, students, technical advisors as well as researchers who wish to delve further into the subject in order to continue work in this field.

Handbook for irrigation of wine grapes in South Africa

Handbook for irrigation of wine grapes in South Africa is in essence a summary of the wine grape irrigation research carried out in South Africa over a period of more than 50 years. The research was carried out to develop irrigation guidelines, particularly with respect to optimising wine quality and maximizing water use efficiency.

Therefore, the primary focus of the book is on practical irrigation, rather than the physiology concerning grapevine water relations. In addition to irrigation strategies, and the scheduling thereof, related aspects such as climate, soil properties, water quality, irrigation systems, as well as frost protection are also addressed. It is envisaged that the book will be a useful guide for present and future generations of wine grape growers, as well as viticulture students.


Hierdie boek is ‘n uitvloeisel van geïdentifiseerde bedryfsprioriteite, nagevors en geskryf deur twee veteraan tegniese rolspelers. Spesiale aandag word verleen aan die klassieke historiese bydraes van hoogsaangeskrewe buitelandse werkers, wat nie geredelik vir alle belangstellendes toeganklik is nie. Dit handel oor alle aspekte van wingerdwortels, soos die groei, morfologie, anatomie, fisiologie en funksies daarvan.

Voorts gee dit ook ‘n oorsig van metodes van wortelondersoeke, asook van die faktore wat die groei en verspreiding van wingerdwortels affekteer, gevolg deur bespreking van tegnieke gerig op die onderhoud van wingerdwortels ten einde wyndruifverbouiing in Suid-Afrika haalbaar en volhoubaar te maak.

Vine Roots

This book is the result of identified industry priorities, researched and written by two veteran technical role players. Special emphasis is placed on classic historical contributions by highly regarded international workers that are not readily available to all. It deals with all aspects of grapevine roots, such as the growth, morphology, anatomy, physiology and functions thereof.

Furthermore, it also gives a review of methods of root investigations, as well as of factors that affect the growth and distribution of grapevine roots. This is followed by a discussion of techniques aimed at the maintenance of grapevine roots in order to make grapevine cultivation in South Africa viable and sustainable.


Knowledge Transfer

Winetech Scan

Winetech technical articles

Technical YearbookS

Research Booklet


Relevant Resources

SA Trilingual Wine Industry Dictionary