Barossa Seasons

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Barossa Seasons 2017-12-15T02:57:58+00:00

Barossa farmers have always been tuned to the turning of the seasons, and the modern Barossa grape grower and winemaker continues to keep a watchful eye on the short and long-term forecast, including temperature, sunshine, rainfall, humidity and wind, as these all impact on the quality of the grapes grown and so the quality of the wines made.

Source: Weatherzone – weatherzone.com.au

  • Sunny days with mild temperatures.
  • Average temperature range: daytime 17C-24C; nights 6C-10C
  • Mean number of rainy days: 18
  • In early spring, budburst throughout vineyards moving out of winter dormancy.
  • In late spring, vines are fast growing, with bright green leaves and tendrils.
  • Fruit trees covered in blossoms of pink, white and red.
  • Canola flowering provides a carpet of yellow in paddocks.
  • Sunshine and warm to hot days.
  • Average temperature range: daytime 26C-29C (with frequent hot days of 30C-36C); nights 12C-14C
  • Mean number of rainy days: 8
  • Vines have a dense canopy of dark green protecting bunches of ripening grapes.
  • The paddocks change from green to golden, as cereal crops mature. Grain harvest generally takes place before Christmas.
  • Orchards boast abundant stone fruits ripening.
  • Grape harvest begins in February, with grapes being predominately hand-picked, tractors and trucks transporting to wineries and fermentations commencing.
  • Mild and sunny, with evenings becoming colder.
  • Average temperature range: daytime 17C-26C (with heat spikes); nights 7C-12C
  • Mean number of rainy days: 14
  • The grape harvest continues well into April, with grapes intended for fortified wines still on the vine until May.
  • Fermentation of wines continues.
  • Orchards yield autumn favourites in abundance (quinces, figs, apples and pears).
  • Field mushrooms popping up in paddocks throughout the region.
  • With the first cold snap, generally in late April, leaves begin to turn to gold across the Barossa, the long awaited first rains fall and a green tinge appears across the Barossa ranges.
  • Cool days, cold nights with much of the annual rainfall occurring in these months.
  • Average temperature range: daytime 12C-16C; nights 3C-6C
  • Mean number of rainy days: 29
  • Dormant vineyards have lost their leaves for the winter, and are being pruned.
  • Ripe olives are harvested for oil or pickling.
  • Paddocks sown, with cereal crops emerging as bright green.