South Australian growers once again lead the way in the national vintage
South Australian growers lead the way in delivering the largest ever crush for the state in what has been described as a 'unicorn' vintage, with near-perfect growing and ripening conditions delivering both exceptional quality and good crop size.
The total estimated value of the crush was $827 million compared with $556 million in 2020, reflecting the increased volume. The overall average value across the state was virtually unchanged at $792 compared with $789 per tonne.
May 2021 update
As the vines rest so to do many of our grower members. It has been nice to see some wonderful holiday snaps showing up on social media as many take the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned post vintage break.
Word on the street tells us Vintage 2021 is estimated to return around average yields with above average quality across the State. A pleasing result coming off some really challenging years of drought, frost, and bushfires.
Unfortunately, there were some increasing concerns raised by members around contract issues which was disappointing and added further layers of angst to an extremely busy time. I’m also hearing of some delayed grape payment which hopefully will be resolved sooner than later.
EcoVineyards project extended for 2 more years!
We're thrilled to announce our recent success with the National Landcare Smart Farms -Small Grants application.
The Wine Grape Council and project partner Retallack Viticulture will be building on and extending our existing EcoVineyards project for another 2 years - delivering more EcoGrowers, more trial sites and more fantastic projects all focussed on growing resilience and functional biodiversity in and around SA vineyards.
27,759 native plants planted so far!