Harvest reports are starting to come in as Riverland growers begin to pick early Chardonnay grapes. Early reports from across the regions indicate that the crop will be below average.
To say the lead up to this vintage has been chaotic for some is quite the understatement. Our thoughts remain with those who lost property or were affected by the bushfires. I’m so proud of the way the South Australian wine industry has banded together to help our colleagues during these tough times.
WGCSA along with other industry bodies has been working hard to ensure growers have access to resources regarding bushfires. One great resource, in particular, is Dr Mardi Longbottom's webinar, 'Assessing and managing fire damaged grapevines.' I encourage all growers to watch and learn.
Looking forward to Vintage 2020 and challenges remain for our growers. Access to water, frosts, uncertainty about weather events and the looming threats of pre-vintage heatwaves have all been all concerning. At this moment the skies have opened, and the rain is bucketing down after two extremely hot days. Add to the mix the potential for smoke taint in some regions and this year's harvest could be quite a mixed bag.
Don't forget to order your Delivery Despatch Docket book to make harvest easier. These are designed specifically for growers to save time and reduce mistakes. Scroll down to find out how to order.
Our EcoVineyard project continues to progress. EcoGrowers across the state are busy preparing to plant post vintage or tending to their existing plants. Stay tuned for updates about this project and future workshops as the year progresses.
We will once again be running our harvest photo competition so be sure to snap some photos while out in the vineyard this vintage. Send your entries to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best photo as judged by WGCSA members will win a prize! Up above is a reminder of last years winning picture.
I hope that all growers have a good start to Vintage 2020, I look forward to hearing how it’s going across the state.