Vintage challenge

VINTAGE BEGINS: Brand’s Laira Coonawarra winemakers Amy Blackburn and Peter Weinberg observing fruit on the winery’s vines. Grape growers and winemakers have begun harvesting for this year’s vintage.

AS Coonawarra’s grape growers and winemakers start picking for this year’s vintage, the impact of last year’s devastating frost damage is being assessed and managed.

A rare black frost hit grape growers in the region in November when temperatures dropped below zero degrees.

Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated president Pete Balnaves said black frost events typically only occurs once a decade.

Brand’s Laira Coonawarra winemaker

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