Australian fires destroy wineries and risk 2013 vintage
As wildfires sweep Australia several vineyards are on red alert. Already Yaxley Estate Vineyard in Tasmania has lost three quarters of its vines. With five hectares of organic-certified vineyard, predominantly Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Yaxley told The Mercury that the fires had destroyed “the best crop we’d ever had.”
Meanwhile dozens of firefighters are already battling to keep a fire under control in the Sevenhill area of the Clare Valley, while temperatures in Adelaide are forecast to hit 44C tomorrow (Friday) – with the heatwave expected to last more than a week.
The Clare Valley blaze, which has so far remained within fire control lines, is burning across the wooded slopes overlooking vineyards near Sevenhill. To date no damage to vines or wineries has been reported.
In South Australia, the State Country Fire Service (CFS) said the fire danger for vineyard areas including Kangaroo Island and the Mount Lofty Ranges was rated as ‘catastrophic’ for tomorrow, with several other areas facing ‘extreme’ or ‘severe’ risk.