IT’S a waiting game for local vignerons as they prepare themselves for this year’s grape harvest.
The wetter than usual conditions in late spring and early summer had delayed the harvest by a few weeks with predictions of a mid-February start.
Brown Brothers of Milawa is one exception with their first crush to start on Monday but with grapes from their Mystic Park vineyards near Swan Hill.
Katherine Brown, winemaker at Brown Brothers, said it was just a matter of time for the local grapes to ripen.
“Rutherglen will start to get their fruit in next week but it could be another 10 days or two weeks in the King Valley,” Ms Brown said.
The delay is not a major concern for vignerons, Ms Brown said, as the more time the fruit spends on the vine the better although extreme heat conditions are not ideal.