Mornington Peninsula Wine Growers get ‘Climate Ready’

Over the last few decades the vignerons of the Mornington Peninsula, represented by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) have seen a shift in the regions weather patterns. More intense rainfall and storm events, increased bushfire risks and prolonged periods of drought are all impacting the way wineries grow their grapes.  These increasingly variable conditions have encouraged wine growers to review growing methods and develop some innovative techniques to adapt to our changing climate.

David Lloyd, current President of the MPVA, said grape growers are increasingly seeing harvest occurring a couple of weeks earlier than 40 years ago. “Being prepared and working towards minimizing potential threats is important for the future of our wine industry. Any increase in mean temperature and ‘earlier’ seasons or changes to extremes of temperature and rainfall are monitored and adaptation techniques developed.”

The MPVA supports continual updates of best practice and knowledge by a strong network of members in the region and a close association with the Australian Wine Research Institute with a comprehensive program of workshops and seminars held throughout the year.

Tyson Lewis, chair of the MPVA’s technical committee, said many wineries are already moving away from some ‘traditional’ farming methods to those that leave a lighter environmental footprint. It is this commitment to adaption and sustainability, while maintaining a high-quality product that is showing the MPVA as a leader in their industry.

Some of the recent actions undertaken by MPVA wineries include: