Zonal Viticulture

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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zonal viticulture, form of precision viticulture in which vineyards are divided into zones of characteristic performance in terms of yield and/or grape composition. These are then managed as separate units with respect to selective harvesting and/or particular inputs. Typically, zones are identified either on the basis of visual inspection of yield maps, imagery acquired by remote sensing, or proximal sensing and/or maps of other vineyard attributes, simple classification of such data, or through the use of statistically based clustering algorithms.