Perricoota Grape Growers Association members have experienced low yields after a challenging year.RHIANNON HORRELL April 21, 2014 3:16am
District grape growers are experiencing low yields after a challenging year, with losses of up to $3 million across the region.
Perricoota Grape Growers Association president and St Anne’s Vineyard chief wine-maker Richard McLean said extreme weather — frost and heat — had taken its toll.
‘‘We were impacted heavily by frost on October 18,’’ he said.
‘‘It was an inversion frost, which means the ground temperature wasn’t the coldest part.’’
He said the coldest air was 1.5m off the ground.
Mr McLean said he remembered his farm manager calling to inform him that the leaves and vines were wilting and turning brown.
‘‘The frost took half the crop from the whole area,’’ he said.
‘‘Some growers lost 100 per cent of their grapes, some only 5 per cent.’’
Mr McLean said the same morning, some grain and canola crops were affected too.
Three heatwaves then further impacted grape growers during January.
‘‘And at 45 or 46°C, it’s the sort of heat not many plants can tolerate,’’ Mr McLean said.
He said the more advanced grapes were affected, especially whites.
‘‘The reds weren’t too damaged.
‘‘(We) lost all of the savignon blanc and only harvested chardonnay.
‘‘But the quality of the reds was really nice.’’
Mr McLean said most ripened throughout February and March.
This year’s vintage was being processed, with harvesting starting around Australia Day and finishing last week.
‘‘We’ve got it all off the vine,’’ Mr McLean said.
‘‘Some is still in the tanks fermenting.’’
He said St Anne’s made a loss of about $1.3
‘‘Income will be down, but we will be making a better product,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s been a challenging year, but the results are good.
‘‘Unfortunately some growers had no crops at all, so for those guys it’s tough. But it’s mother nature.’’
Seymour paramedics are calling on the Victorian Government to fund a dedicated 24-hour, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) unit in the southern Hume.
At the presentations located at the half-way mark of YMGCR's Lake Course, PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers said, "It's been a great three days.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
KIRSTY Ramadan has dedicated her life to rescuing animals in Echuca and surrounds for 20 years.
ROCHESTER has welcomed a new family into the community this year.
More of the districts newest preps
No end to V/Line's troubles
The Finley community will always remember the tremendous Trevor Hendy, who was friends with everyone.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
A Cobram man has been arrested after exposing himself on a number of occasions while driving his car around Katamatite and Cobram South.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
There’s been a big win for SPC and Australian tomato growers.
Under-12, Under-14 and Under-18 boys all finished runners-up in the Wodonga Junior Basketball Tournament.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.