Padthaway wine looking very fine

PADTHAWAY'S last two vintages were good for grape growers and this year is shaping up to be a similar story.

White varieties are almost ready to harvest, while reds are starting to show some colour as they come into veraison.

Padthaway Grape Growers president Andrew Bryson said the region had a fantastic start to the year.

"It has been one of the best winter/spring periods we've had for about a decade, as far as primary production goes," he said.

"We've had very good moisture levels in the soil and canopies at the moment are in good balance.

"There's a good fruit to leaf ratio and we're looking at average to slightly below in yield."

For a number of years now, Padthaway growers have been focusing on lower yields with higher quality fruit to strive for a high premium end product.
"The industry as a whole is not looking for a large crop", he said.

"Vintage 2014 is looking to be a very high quality year, very similar to 2012 and 2013 at this stage.

"There have been no significant problems with pest and disease so far this season."

Mr Bryson said the recent hot weather hadn't been detrimental to local vines.
"Most growers were diligent in their water management and applied moisture prior to the recent heat event.

"By doing so they escaped a lot of the potential risk. If anything there was minimal damage."

Local growers are hoping for cool nights and daytime temperatures of up to 30 degrees for the best possible outcome this season.

New committee

Mr Bryson took over the role of association president from David Edwards in September last year. 

He has been in the industry for many years and is currently the viticulturalist for the family company Morambro Creek Wines.

Joining him is Sam Ward as vice president, taking over from Joe McInnes, and Cathy Cobbledick, who replaces Carolyn Brown, as secretary. 

The committee has a good balance of both viticulturalists and wine producers.
"As a community we have been extremely fortunate to have had David Edwards and Carolyn Brown at the helm of Padthaway Grape Growers Association and wish to thank them for all the work they have contributed to this committee over many years," he said.

"Our focus is the promotion of Padthaway as a wine region and its ability to produce high quality grapes consistently each year.

"During the last few years a number of smaller growers have developed their own wine labels and are doing very well in the wine show circuit.

"We want to keep that going and hope to see more wine labels being produced from this area in the future."

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