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Western Australia bushfire impact on wineries has been”small”, according to Nick Power, chief executive officer, Margaret River Wine Industry Association (MRWIA).
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at least five vineyards around Margaret River have been evacuated, including; Leeuwin Estate and Xanadu Wines, Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate and Redgate Wines.
The main blaze took hold on Wednesday in which some 30 homes were destroyed and about 4,000ha of the Mt Lindesay National Park to the southeast of Margaret River has been affected.
Wine Australia, regional director for UK, Yvonne May, told Harpers that according to the MRWIA there has been a “small” amount of damage to some vineyards and there are wineries in the fire zones, but they expect the current ‘no-go’ restrictions to be lifted in the next 24 hours.
The fire is now generally under control, the weather has calmed and the temperature has cooled, she added.
“No damage from smoke taint is currently envisaged for the majority of region’s fruit but the situation is being closely monitored.
“The prevailing winds are seeming to move smoke very quickly away from the vineyard areas.
“Whilst we are clearly concerned for those affected by these very worrying few days of fire, it is largely business as usual – with a little note of caution ahead of the final assessment of the impact,” said May.
She added most of the fire front has been out on the coast around the Prevelly area, which is 10 kms from the town of Margaret River itself, so there has been little affect on the town – other than restrictions to where traffic can go, and smoke.
Story by Carol Emmas
Courtesy of Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review