Barossa Wine Industry Update – Eden Valley Fire
20 January 2014
Over the last week the Barossa has experienced several bushfires, with the largest fire located in the eastern area of the Eden Valley. Approximately 25,000 hectares have been burnt through grazing country and scrub. Under difficult conditions the CFS, farmers and local communities responded to the fire threat and, as of today, the fire is considered contained. http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/news_media/current_incidents.jsp
Early reports from growers and winemakers is that the fire was to the east of vineyards and winemaking facilities in the Eden Valley, so there has been no immediate impact to the wine industry. The fire travelled quickly and did not create large amounts of smoke. In addition, the winds were strong and blowing to the north so there was little smoke over the vineyards in the Barossa area.
“The Eden Valley grape growers and winemakers are very grateful of the tireless work of the CFS and all volunteers in protecting the vineyards, winemaking facilities and cellar doors in the Eden Valley,” said James March, CEO of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association. “Fortunately the winds were blowing to the north, away from vineyards, so early feedback is that the grapes have not been affected by the smoke.”
The Barossa Grape & Wine Association continues to work closely with grape growers and winemakers with information and support, including working with the Australian Wine Research Institute, on getting up-to-date information to the Barossa wine industry on managing their vineyards through last week’s heat event and fires, in the lead up to the 2014 vintage.
For further information please contact:
Barossa Grape & Wine Association
T: +61 8 8563 0650
Notes to Editors:
The Barossa Grape & Wine Association represents over 550 grape growers and 190 winemakers in the Barossa by
• Promoting the Barossa region and its wines
• Supporting best practice grape growing and winemaking practices
• Policy development and implementation
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