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View from Red Hill Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

View from Red Hill Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Nets protecting the ripening grapes, Pennon Hill on the Mornington Peninsula
Red Hill Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association
Autumn mist over the vineyard, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


After a mild and relatively dry winter, budburst in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula was slightly earlier than recent years with similar conditions continuing through spring.

This resulted in flowering with mostly good set and some variability in the elevated regions. The spring period produced some pressure for downy mildew during the set period but canopy and fungicide management saw little effect.

The ripening period during summer 2019 was relatively warm, which saw harvest commence up to 7 days earlier than long term averages.

On commencement of harvest there was a week of very consistently hot weather (over 30 degrees), causing a rush of picking. After this week ripening and conditions were more usual for the region with steady ripening and no rain, until a cool patch late in the season produced a few millimetres.

Yields were reported as high average with good acidity retention and excellent, balanced flavours.

Although the warm spell required irrigation in some areas, the region’s coastal proximity and strong soil types handled the weather exceptionally, producing the premium quality expected from the region.

This report for the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association by Tyson Lewis – President MPVA Technical Committee


  • Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

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