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Growers in southern Queensland started harvesting white varieties Verdelho, Chardonnay and Viognier in the first week of January.
In some cases, harvesting was undertaken early due to the threat of rain and disease, particularly downy mildew.
Harvesting of red varieties mostly Shiraz, Chambourcin, Merlot, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon started in late January and was completed by mid to late February.
Scenic Rim Wine Industry Association secretary John Mullins said yields were down on last year, where irrigation was not used, but quality was very good.
Overall the harvest was a vast improvement on both 2011 and 2012 in terms of yield and quality. Winemakers are reporting excellent quality wines, he said.
Quality was mostly excellent with the crop being used for dry reds and rose.
He said some crops were lost due to bird damage and heavy rain with associated rots, while other crops were lost due to the inability to harvest before Botrytis caused severe damage.