Adelaide Hills Vine Improvement is progressing well with Grϋner Veltliner plantings.

The Austrian variety Grϋner Veltliner is producing excellent results at Hahndorf Hill Winery and K1 Winery (K1 recently classified 93 by James Halliday).

Christmas 2011 saw a total of just over 20,000 Grϋner Veltliner vines planted within the Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR). Vintage 2012 will see some 6,000 vines producing first and second year crops. Vintage 2013 will see an additional 6,000 vines with a small first year crop and so on. Therefore AHWR is only two to three vintages away from significant production of fruit.

The AHVII committee has made the commitment to make Grϋner Veltliner planting material available only to Hills growers who either have their own label or are prepared to sell the fruit to a winery that will market it as ‘100% Grϋner Veltliner grown in the Adelaide Hills’ . No material will be released outside the Hills until 2013. 

AHVII are seeking Adelaide Hills growers who wish to plant Grϋner Veltliner material in the 2012 year.

In the Spring of 2012 AHVII will begin grafting trials of Grϋner Veltliner both on to Vinifera and appropriate rootstocks. Early indication has shown that this may be a difficult variety for grafting, the AHVII committee therefore does not propose to release any material for grafting until we have carried out some grafting trials. Hills Growers who are seeking to top work a section of their vineyard are encouraged to contact AHVII to discuss the possibility of carrying out a trial graft of approximately 50 vines, with a view to making more material available once this exercise has been assessed.

Interested growers should contact AHVII’s Operation Manager David Coleman through davidc@adelaidehillsvineimprovement.org or mobile 0422 644 825.

bizetoolsAdelaide Hills Vine Improvement is progressing well with Grϋner Veltliner plantings.