As the 2017 grape harvest gets into full swing, Central Otago Winegrowers Association general manager Glenys Coughlan said there was consensus among members that it had been a ”challenging” growing season, resulting in lower crop yields, but ”much more interesting fruit.”
A warm start to the growing season was followed by strong winds and cold temperatures through a fairly dismal summer, but recent conditions had resulted in a good ripening period, she said.
”Pinot noir is 76% of our planted areas and it responds well to stress, so we can expect some great reds.”
Wooing Tree, in Cromwell was one of the first vineyards to start picking grapes with work expected to finish today. Continue reading