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February 2006
Investigating the Relationship Between Yield and Quality
After decades of scientific research, why are we still asking the same questions about yield? Maybe it's because we are using science to answer the wrong questions.
by Mark Greenspan
It's the subject of many heated winery/grower discussions: "I only want X tons per acre from your vineyard," where X is usually a small number, less than five. Wineries or winemakers tell this to growers each year. It's nothing to them; they pay by the ton. But to growers, that restricts them to X times Y dollars per acre, where Y is a number that is almost always way too small for them. But how reasonable is it for a winery or winemaker to restrict tons per acre? And how unreasonable is it fo...
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