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The irrigation method you choose, for keeping your vineyard going in times of drought, does more than affect the total cost of operation.
A well-designed winery irrigation pond can last for decades, but the same wildlife you can easily attract with this kind of habitat enrichment may also cause damage.
High demand for specialty growing methods, including biodynamics, organic farming, and Korean Natural Farming, has led many winery owners to embrace alternative methods of management.
The winery industry uses billions of gallons of water per year between growing thirsty grape vines and washing out large fermentation tanks.
Many winery owners are reluctant to spend tens of thousands of dollars, or more, on a pond that is solely for irrigation.
A winery, irrigation pond requires a lot of planning beyond its sheer volume.
While nearly all modern agriculture requires some amount of supplemental irrigation, viticulture is particularly high in water demand.
Open ponds are far from the only option for processing and treating wastewater at a winery, but they are one of the most effective and affordable choices.
While it’s clear that any ponds used for holding winery wastewater will need lining, many owners and managers aren’t sure what that entails.
When considering the risks of creating an unpleasant odor or setting aside multiple acres of open land for ponds, many wineries assume that above ground tanks are a better choice.
There are common misconceptions about winery wastewater that run in both directions.
With so many risks associated with directly releasing winery wastewater, it clearly needs careful handling and storage.
Since the wine produced by the fermentation process is safe to drink, many people unfamiliar with wine making assume all wastewater produced is also relatively safe.