Sunday, July 08, 2007

This week: 6th. July

Weather Report Week Ending 6/7/07

Maximum Temperature for the week 18.8C (66F) on Tue. 5 readings above our monthly average.
Minimum Temperature for the week 3.0C (37F) on Mon. 5 readings above our monthly average.
Rainfall for the Week 26.8mm (77 points) 7 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

As I said last week a much more typical weather system for this time of the year has been dictating our weather. We have had very useful falls of rain this week, we have just about had our average for July. We have also been seeing warmer nights as a result of the winter patterns we are getting - no frosts recorded this week.

This week in the vineyard:
Pruning continues - this week we have finished blocks of Chardonnay, Merlot and Grenche. Not a lot else happening in our vineyard this week on account of the rain - most of the week has been spent on paperwork and maintenance. I will be going to the 13th wine industry technical conference in 3 weeks time, being held in Adelaide. This is one of the major gatherings of the Australian wine industry, it is held every 3 years. I am looking forward to it, as it is a chance for a simple grape grower like myself, to broaden my horizons and learn more about the research that is being conducted in our industry. Being held in conjunction with the conference is the winetech trade display, I will see if I can get some photos and post them on this site. The conference starts on 29th July and is followed by the 4th Australian wine industry environment conference on the 2nd August. I will have reports from both of them. More details can be found at the ASVO web site - link at right.

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