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Spring in the vineyard
"BUD BURST" changes the look of our vineyards from a stark
brown to a vibrant green. The sight of tiny green shoots
brings the hope and promise of yet another great Southern
Highlands harvest and tempts even the wisest of us to rush
out and buy a few hectares of vines!
This time of the year is one of the busiest for those who own
or tend a vineyard, and having the knowledge of trained
viticulturists is essential.
With the arduous pruning task completed, weed control
becomes a priority. Trellises are repaired and foliage wires
set for new growth.
Grass and vegetation growing between the vine rows are
slashed and removed.
Our vignerons know only too well the disastrous affects of a
harsh spring frost.
Severe frost damage in 2006 ruined many vines and
One of the preventive methods employed by viticulturists is
to water dry soil. Damp soil conducts heat more effectively
and can therefore aid in keeping frost at bay during the
Maintaining good weed control and mowing grass allows
for greater airflow around the vine and keeps the new fruit
aerated and free of rot.
Vineyard hygiene has become an important aspect of the
viticulturist's job. The prevention of disease and carryover
problems is improved by the removal of trash and pruning
wood from under the vine rows. The cane rake is a vital
tool in the vineyard, doing an excellent job of cleaning the
vineyard floor. This is the ideal time to fertilise soils and spray
for mites that are fond of attacking at bud burst.
Machines used during harvest require regular maintenance
to ensure they perform well over the next six months.
A drive around our wineries will show visitors how the early
ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir, Arneis and Chardonnay
are transforming the look of the vineyards.
Stop in at one of the many cellar doors and sample some
of the award-winning wines that are making wine judges
and writers sit up and take notice. ■
NOTHING IS AS EXCITING AS THE PROSPECT OF NEW LIFE IN SPRING. AS OUR COOL
CLIMATE VINEYARDS BEGIN TO COME ALIVE THE BUDS REACT TO THE WARMER WEATHER
AND SWELL, CAUSING "BUD BURST".
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