Growers toast the end of vintage: Grape results

VINTAGE has come to an end for wine grape growers across Sunraysia.

For Mildura Chateau Winery owner and winemaker Lance Milne (pictured), the only challenge this year was the 16-day heatwave last January.

“Apart from that, we had no disease outbreak from the wet weather so we can talk about a sound vintage.”

Thanks to a dryer-than-usual season – Mildura received just above 5mm of rain since the start of the year – this year’s harvest proceeded smoothly.

“We started in early January and picked our last grapes last Sunday,” Wayne Falkenberg, winermaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery, said.

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