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Pick of the crop
THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS IS FAST BECOMING A
WINE DESTINATION AS WINES FROM THE REGION
ARE BEING NOTICED BY LEADING WINE WRITERS,
JUDGES, SOMMELIERS AND WINE LOVERS.
AS YOU PASS through our scenic vineyards during your visit to the
Southern Highlands give a thought to our vignerons and winemakers
who are eagerly waiting to see what this year's harvest has brought
The quality of grape and wine production continues to rise after
many years of vignerons trialling the best trellising, pruning,
production and grape types that suit our particular high altitude
With most vineyards sited more than 500 metres above sea level,
the Southern Highlands vignerons face particular challenges to ensure
only quality fruit reaches the winery.
Many hours of hard work, in sometimes adverse weather
culminates in what could prove to be the best wine ever made in the
Only good fruit can make a good wine, so it is essential to ensure
that diseased or unripe fruit is not used to make wine.
Keeping one eye on the weather patterns and one eye on the
grapes, the viticulturist must ensure that disease is kept at bay while
hoping for warm temperatures to ripen the grapes.
Har vesting grapes is an arduous task, but can be a lot of fun for a
group of friends spending a few hours in the fresh air with the promise
of a good glass of wine and a delicious meal at the end of the day.
Some wineries will harvest their grape using a machine-harvester.
This is a quick and versatile method of removing grapes from the
vines, but can have an adverse affect on the longevity of the vines as
the machine shakes the vines to dislodge the grapes.
In warm weather machine-har vesting is useful for picking during
the night when temperatures are cooler and grapes more likely to
retain their natural acidity and flavour.
The well-known acronym MOG -Material Other than Grapes, is
often referred to when machines are employed to harvest. Leaves and
other debris can end up in the machine.
Hand-harvesting is done using shears shaped like pointed scissors.
Healthy bunches are cut off the vine and the rest discarded on the
ground or left on the vine to ripen fully. In some vineyards, pickers will
make several "passes" through the vines over a few days to ensure all
the good fruit has been collected for the winery.
Grapes are collected in small buckets and transferred to large bins
for transportation to the winery.
In some instances visitors to the region will notice white netting
encasing rows of vines. This method of keeping birds and other
animals off our precious harvest is a costly and time-consuming part of
Despite the sometimes challenging conditions facing grape
growers and wineries in the district, the quality of wine produced
continues to grow and the Southern Highlands is now considered to
be a serious contender amongst some of the leading wine regions.
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