Wine Victoria 2018 Vintage Calendar

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Region Contact  Risk Period to Smoke Taint % of region complete
Alpine Valleys Michael Freudenstein Mid-January – mid April 100%
Ballarat Owen Latta Late-January - early May


Beechworth Simon Grant Early-January - early May 100%
Bendigo Tim Parry Early January – mid April 100%
Geelong Dinny Goonan Late January - late April 


Gippsland Justin Jenkins Mid January - early May


Glenrowan Michael Reid Early January - mid April 100%
Goulburn Valley Guido Vazzoler Mid January - mid May 100%
Grampians Damien Sheehan End January - late April



Heathcote Chris Earl Early January - early May 100%
Henty Larry Sadler Early January - mid May 100%
King Valley Johnny Cavedon Mid January - mid May 100%
Macedon Ranges Cameron Leith End February - mid May



Mildura Murray Darling Mike Stone Late December - mid April 100%
Mornington Peninsula Cheryl Lee Late January - late April 100%
Pyrenees Andrea Hart Late January – early April  



Rutherglen Matt Partridge Mid Janury - mid May 100%
Strathbogie Ranges

Lindsay Brown

Mid January - mid May 100%
Sunbury Ben Ranken Early January - early May 100%
Swan Hill Mike Stone Late December - late April 100%
Upper Goulburn John Adams Mid January - early May 100%
Yarra Valley Susanne Pyle Late January - mid April 100%

Bushfire Technical Response Program

The Wine Victoria Bushfire Technical Response Program aims to undertake the delivery of a package of technical support activities for Victorian wine industry participants affected by exposure to bushfire smoke during the 2019-20 growing season. While there is a focus on wine regions directly affected by smoke, the program seeks to deliver statewide benefits where possible. 

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes this week announced $990,000 to support a program delivered in partnership with Wine Victoria that will help winemakers assess and remediate the effects of smoke exposure on wines being made from this year’s harvest. The program will include online technical workshops on recognising and addressing the effects of smoke exposure, evaluation of 2020 wines by expert sensory panels, support to produce test batches for evaluation and access to a benchmarking kit to help winemakers assess their own wines. 

The program will also include winemaking trials to evaluate techniques for treating smoke-affected wines and research activities to better characterise the impacts of smoke on a range of locally important varieties. A steering committee made up of the Victorian Government, Wine Victoria and representatives from affected wine regions will oversee the program, which will be rolled out immediately and run until September 2021. 

Further information will be posted here as programs and activities are rolled out. 

For more information on support for the wine industry after the bushfires visit or call 136 186.