South Australia is Australia’s wine capital, responsible for more than 50% of the nation’s production. South Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world, thanks to the biosecurity systems that have prevented the introduction of the destructive insect pest, phylloxera.
The tiny insect has caused destruction in the world of wine. In the late 19th century, the phylloxera epidemic destroyed most of the winegrape vineyards in the US and Europe, which had to be replanted on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.
Thankfully, phylloxera is confined to regions in Victoria and New South Wales, while South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania remains phylloxera free. South Australia’s ‘clean and green’ vines produce many thousands of award-winning wines.
But keeping South Australian vineyards free from phylloxera and other threats has never been more challenging. Biosecurity risks are intensifying. There are more opportunities than ever before for pests and diseases to reach South Australia and establish in our vineyards.
It can be tracked to currently uninfested vineyards on tyres, footwear and clothing.
Our vines need your help. Please respect our biosecurity systems and do not wander into vineyards. Stay on roads and tracks. Grapevine material can also be a vector for pests and diseases. Please leave the environment as you find it.
Enjoy our wines – protect our vines.
Please make yourself known to cellar door staff and follow their instructions before accessing the vine row of your adopted vine.
Staff will first need to make an assessment of the risks associated with you walking into our vineyard. This will involve asking you a few short questions about your visits to other cellar doors prior to visiting us, and whether the shoes and clothing you are currently wearing are the same items you have worn when visiting other vineyards in the past three weeks.
Your answers to these questions and the location of your adopted vine will determine whether walking through our vineyard is a possibility under certain controlled conditions. For you this could involve needing to wear protective clothing and shoes that we provide (e.g. rubber boots), or immersing the soles of your footwear in a chlorinated footbath for 60 seconds.
For more information please visit Vinehealth Australia