Early vintage

WARMER weather conditions in the region have potentially moved Coonawarra’s vintage ahead by two weeks after what was expected to be a late start to the season.

Balnaves of Coonawarra viticulturist Peter Balnaves said growing was delayed due to the wet winter and cold climate.

“Now the slightly earlier vintage has allowed us to catch up on the weeks it was delayed due to the cold weather,” Mr Balnves said.

Mr Balnves said the vintage was still around a month away, therefore vignerons had adequate time to prepare.

“The rest of the season will depend on the weather conditions now and in the next


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