Publication Date: 
February 2017
TY - JOUR AU - Morandé, Jorge Andres AU - Stockert, Christine M. AU - Liles, Garrett C. AU - Williams, John N. AU - Smart, David R. AU - Viers, Joshua H. PY - 2017 DA - 2017/02/16 TI - From berries to blocks: carbon stock quantification of a California vineyard JO - Carbon Balance and Management SP - 5 VL - 12 IS - 1 AB

Quantifying terrestrial carbon (C) stocks in vineyards represents an important opportunity for estimating C sequestration in perennial cropping systems. Considering 7.2 M ha are dedicated to winegrape production globally, the potential for annual C capture and storage in this crop is of interest to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In this study, we used destructive sampling to measure C stocks in the woody biomass of 15-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines from a vineyard in California’s northern San Joaquin Valley. We characterize C stocks in terms of allometric variation between biomass fractions of roots, aboveground wood, canes, leaves and fruits, and then test correlations between easy-to-measure variables such as trunk diameter, pruning weights and harvest weight to vine biomass fractions. Carbon stocks at the vineyard block scale were validated from biomass mounds generated during vineyard removal.