What’s happening in the Vineyard with all this rain?

Leo Quirk, Viticulturist

Leo Quirk, Viticulturist

Graciano inflorescences pre-flowering

Graciano inflorescences pre-flowering

That is question that everyone is asking when they look at the current weather pattern. So to answer this question let me give a few numbers and then explain how this is affecting us at Mount Majura Vineyard.

We have had approximately 710mm of rain in 2016 compared to 510 mm this time last year. This is 200mm more that last year. You can also compare this to our average rainfall for Canberra of 562mm (for this time of year) so we are well above the average.

Just like everything we do at Mount Majura Vineyard, it’s all about timing. So the rainfall through the Winter and Spring was most welcomed as it filled our soil moisture profile and gave our grapevines the best chance to grow strongly and develop healthy canopies.

However the rainfall through the spring, combined with very mild temperatures, has lead to less then expected canopy growth. This has produced less then expected disease pressure.

So in summary, the rain has not caused us too much worry. We expect that as the season warms up we will see the vines really start to stretch out adding a lot more vegetative growth to the grapevine canopy.

It is business as usual. We are currently training young vines up to the cordon wire, monitoring for pests and disease, doing our initial bunch counts to forecast the coming yield and keeping on top of the grasses throughout the vineyard.