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.
While we’re talking about the transportation of grapes - I encourage all growers to also be mindful of our role in the chain of responsibility. Grape spillages are a serious safety issue for us and our fellow road users and one we can easily minimise through adhering to load limits and driver care. Apart from the safety issues, fruit on the ground is money lost and no-one wants that.
In other news, thanks to Landscapes SA – Limestone Coast and Hills and Fleurieu we have new EcoGrowers joining the program from Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. We’ve also seen our first batch of species signs installed on some of our EcoVineyard sites. These signs contain pictures and explanations of the planted native trees, bushes and grasses and offer fabulous information for visitors and tourists. Read our article below to learn more. You can also follow the EcoVineyards project via our dedicated EcoVineyards Facebook page or on the EcoVineyards page on our website. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our new EcoGrowers!
The plant pledges continue to roll in. We recently had a pledge of 300 plants from Eliza at Lansdowne Wine in the Adelaide Hills which brings our total to 27,309! As always, if you have been out planting, let us know by pledging your plants.
While you’re spending hours in tractors and harvesters over the next few weeks, why not listen to the new Australian Grape and Wine Podcast Series covering a range of Industry related topics and guests. Have a listen on Apple or Spotify and let them know what you think.
Finally, don't forget your camera while you're out harvesting this year. We had our first entry in the vintage photo competition from Jono in Clare Valley and it was quite creative (keep reading to see the pic!). We love seeing how vintage is going for you, send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy picking and stay safe!