Vintage Reports, Years: 1997

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1997 vintage report for Burnett Valley (Queensland)

The Burnett Valley is a new region and Merv O’Reilly, spokesman for the Winegrowers Association, said yields were in line with expectations.Vintage started on 20 January and weather during vintage was predominantly dry, with maximum temperatures of 30¦-35¦C and some showers. Disease was negligible except for some botrytis evident on the reds. Shiraz and Cabernet […]

1997 vintage report for King Valley (Victoria)

The King Valley has suffered difficult vintages in the last few years with some of the wettest ripening periods this century. This year, with a return to weather closer to the long-term averages, the area again showed its great potential, according to Peter Read, President of the King Valley Grapegrowers’ Association. Vintage started at the […]

1997 vintage report for Tumbarumba (New South Wales)

Frank Minutello, president of the Tumbarumba Vignerons Association, said there had been a 30% decrease in yields. Severe November frost affected yields mainly in white varieties. Weather during vintage was fine and dry, and there were no disease problems. Frank supplied a vintage report from Andrew Fleming, winery production manager for Southcorp Wines, which summed […]

1997 vintage report for Shoalhaven (New South Wales)

A wet January brought botrytis and downy mildew problems to the Shoalhaven region, according to Geoffrey Cole, president of the Grapegrowers and Winemakers Association. He said there was the potential for this vintage to be the best yet, until the rain came. February and March were dry and hot and vintage began on time in […]

1997 vintage report for Canberra (NSW/ACT)

A dry late summer and autumn with average temperatures around 25 °C made for ideal ripening conditions, reports Roger Harris from Brindabella Hills Winery. Yields were down 25%; there was some evidence of budmite damage and phomopsis or botryosph’ria. Several severe frosts in October and November caused damage in some vineyards. Vintage started at the […]

1997 vintage report for Mudgee (New South Wales)

The Mudgee region recorded a good crop level in 1997, according to Pieter van Gent, President of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers’ Association. Good rains from September to December 1996 led to increases in yields for most growers. ‘It has been dry ever since, apart from inclement weather in February which worried a few of […]

1997 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

Early indications were that yields would be up by 10-20%; however hot, dry conditions at the start of vintage had the effect of reducing yields to about average. Andrew Schulz, Viticulturist at The Cranswick Estate, said generally the 1997 vintage could be characterised as being cool during the growing season, very hot during the first […]

1997 vintage report for Orange (New South Wales)

Yields in the Orange region were down by 10-20%, according to Terrey Johnson, president of the Orange Region Vignerons’ Association. Good growing conditions in spring 1995 led to high vigour and therefore shading affected bud initialisation. Wine and late spring frosts in the spring of 1996 affected set. Vintage started in mid-March, about normal for […]

1997 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Vintage in the Hunter Valley region started at the beginning of February, normal for this area, and Neil McGuigan of the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association reports that yields were up by about 5%. ‘Yields on established vineyards were basically the same as last year, with increased tonnes arising from new plantings coming into production,’ he […]

1997 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

The Cowra region had a lot of first-vintage growers in 1997, and it was difficult to make comparisons with previous years, said Anne Coates, secretary of the Cowra Region Vineyard Association. However, some established growers had reported decreased yields, ranging from 5-15%. Late frosts were given as the reason by some growers. All growers reported […]

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