Vine removalists pull out Hunter vineyards
As Hunter Valley vignerons struggle to make ends meet, a new business has emerged from the wine industry’s woes. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has revealed that 85 per cent of grape growers across the country have been unable to meet or exceed production costs this year. The situation is worse in the Hunter with 94 per cent of producers struggling to make money. Specialised vine removalist, Tom Stephens, said he has two crews pulling out 30 acres of vines a week.