Hunter winemakers wrap up vintage after one of wettest summers on record – ABC News




Collecting the last of the 2016 Harvest
Collecting the last of the 2016 Harvest

Hunter Valley winemakers have been battling to get the last of their grapes off the vine after a heat wave threatened to impact the quality of the fruit.

After a turbulent start to harvest with consistently wet weather, Hunter vignerons have finally wrapped up their annual pick.

There was concern heavy rain in January would wipe out much of the vintage, but a spike in temperatures in February allowed some last minute ripening of the grapes.

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association vice president Andrew Margan said it had not been smooth sailing for all vineyards, but he was confident of a good result.

“The vineyards that were either affected by the hail or more affected by the rain, some of them failed completely,” he said.

Source: Hunter winemakers wrap up vintage after one of wettest summers on record – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)