Another year of strong yields is anticipated for Tasmania’s ever increasing wine industry, which is now worth more than $115 million to the economy annually.
Harvest is underway and Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies said all indications were promising.
“We’re receiving lots of positive reports of very high quality from wine producers,” she said.
“Overall yields are expected to be generally in line with the past three vintages, which would be an unprecedented four consecutive years of strong yields for Tasmania.”\
Josef Chromy Wines general manager and chief winemaker Jeremy Dineen said a warmer than average summer and “beautiful weather” at flowering had supported solid yields.
“A warm and mostly dry January, with a couple of good rain events, has set us up for a fantastic and early start to the sparkling wine harvest. This is possibly some of the best sparkling fruit I’ve seen since 2013,” he said.
Bush fires experienced in the south west have created some worry for grape growers.
“But an anticipated 95% of Tasmania’s vineyard area has thankfully experienced no direct smoke impacts based on advanced scientific analyses undertaken to date,” Ms Davis said.
Tasmania’s average annual production of wine is approximately 887,000 dozen – or 10.6 million bottles.
Last year’s record vintage produced approx 1.17million dozen – or 14 million bottles.
There are 160 licensed wine producers and approximately 250 vineyards in the state.