The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is the peak body for South Australian grapegrowers
funded through a voluntary levy paid on all winegrapes sold from SA vineyards.
Harvest underway across the state
Harvest is well and truly underway across the state with growers reporting good quality and expected average yields. The cool nights of late have contributed to perfect ripening conditions for most.
As always there are some challenges, one of them being the current fruit fly outbreaks. Vinehealth Australia have been sharing a great deal of current information, particularly around movement requirements that apply. Please access their site for in-depth and up to date requirements.
Harvest begins in some regions
Wow, already we’re in February and the early stages of harvest are underway in some of our regions with others gearing up for the busiest time of the year.
Demand and pricing projections are variable depending on the region, variety, and grade of the fruit with most members I’ve spoken to expect an average to slightly above average crop yield. Unfortunately, not everyone escaped the hot day in late January and that along with a lack of summer rain may influence some bunch weights and overall yields in selected areas.
As always, we strongly encourage our grower members to keep in contact with their winemakers, contractors, and transport operators as vintage creeps closer. Communication and strong relationships are key to achieving the best outcomes for everyone during this extremely busy time.
We did it! 27,009 native plants planted!
At the start of the EcoVineyards project we set a goal of encouraging growers to plant 20,000 native plants in and around vineyards by the end of 2020. We did it! 27,009 native plants have been planted since the EcoVineyards project began.
A big thank you to everyone who has got outside and planted some native plants. And just because we reached our goal doesn't mean we have to stop! If you get out planting over the Christmas break, let us know! You can pledge your plants here.
27,309 native plants planted so far!