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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.