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 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,” Bryson 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.”
According to Bryson, the recent hot weather hadn’t been detrimental to local vines and most growers were diligent in their water management.
“By applying moisture prior to the recent heat event, growers escaped a lot of potential risk,” he said.
Local growers are hoping for cool nights and daytime temperatures of up to 30C for the best possible outcome this season.
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