Wine Region Update
From the President, Bendigo Winegrowers Association
It's nice to see some sun and the start of Spring. The buds are just starting to burst on our vines and soon we'll see shoots, leaves and tiny bunches.
Most vignerons have laid down their secateurs, but a few are still out there in the vineyard, racing against the clock to prune their cabernet vines. This variety is usually the last to go into budburst in the Bendigo region, and since Spring’s warmth was held off a bit longer than usual, it looks like the cabernet will be pruned and tied in time.
A bigger concern at this time of year is usually frost. Many people are asking whether vineyards have suffered in the cold winter we’ve had. They haven’t. It’s now, when there are delicate buds on the vines that vignerons start to worry. And the worry continues throughout the spring.
Many still remember the damage done by the big frost in November ’06, which affected vineyards from the Hunter to the Barossa, making the 2007 vintage a very small one.
So, for us the start of a good 2016 vintage is a frost-free spring. Let’s drink to that!
Spring is a beautiful time of year to get out and visit vineyards in their soft green bloom, so visit our Winemakers page to plan your visit as more than 10 Cellar Doors are open every weekend in Spring.
This time of year also marks the beginning of the wine show and awards season for our industry. Recognition and awards for Bendigo wines have already begun flowing in. Click here to read more.