Australia's Queensland producers shift harvest date by 2-3 months by pruning
South Burnett winemakers in southern Queensland have hatched a plan to give the region the best grape growing climate in Australia - by resetting the biological clock of the vine.
Pruning of vines will be put back to later in the year so that the grapes are ready to be picked in April or May, when its cooler, instead of around February. Growers believe this will make South Burnett one of the most ideal locations in Australia, climatically, to grow wine grapes. Growers will prune their vines for a second time in November so that the grapes are ready to harvest in the cooler months of April or May. They believe this to be a natural way of producing better grapes.