Grapegrowers harvesting on average eight days earlier each decade

Grapegrowers harvesting on average eight days earlier each decade

Researchers from the Australian Wine Research Institute are warning grape growers they must adapt to warmer and drier conditions leading to earlier harvests. The institute reported wine grape harvests had on average become eight days earlier every decade since the 1980s due to warmer weather. Dr Paul Petrie, viticulture scientist, said there were things growers could do now to delay harvest and make sure grapes were not being picked in hot weather.

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