Baseline Soil Suitability Assessment for Vineyard Development

The Baseline Soil Suitability Assessment for Vineyard Development is recommended for buyers and sellers of land to get an overview of the soil resource and the suitability of the land for winegrapes. This type of analysis is used to determine if a land is suitable for winegrape production. The analysis identifies and quantifies the major soil resources such as the soil type, soil fertility, soil chemical hazards, water holding capacity, amounts and depths to rock. Based on this analysis, recommendations as to the suitability of the land will be made, as well as, general recommendations concerning development of the land into vineyards so a potential developer can calculate the cost associated with land preparation and vineyard establishment. This analysis is frequently coupled with a slope and aspect analysis to allow for calculation of areas of land that have slopes less than regulatory limits and are thus legally plantable. The soil sampling density of this type of study is generally not sufficient to discern transition zones in changes in soil properties and thus is not sufficient for vineyard block design.