After a testing year Port Lincoln wineries have reported great harvests and are optimistic about their 2018 wine varieties.
Wineries have been busy over the past month harvesting grapes to produce this year’s wines.
Lincoln Estate finished bringing in its white grapes on February 10 with the reds picked in the past week.
Winery manager Kym Turvey said the white grapes turned out well for the sauvignon blanc and chardonnay varieties while nice weather was expected to get the sugar levels up in the reds.
“Yields are quite good, it’s been a testing year as we got a few hot days and a few cooler days, plus all that rain in November,” he said.
“We are always confident it’s going to be a good year.”
Mr Turvey said Lincoln Estate was also confident of a good year ahead following the completion of the winery’s new cellar door at Glen Forest Tourist Park for people to try the different wine varieties.
“We hope to get more people coming through,” he said.
Boston Bay Wines is optimistic about 2018 with a 40-tonne crop picked over the past five weeks.
Manager Tony Ford said the winery had “probably our best year in 20 odd years harvest wise” as far as quality and quantity of the grapes.
“We did lose about half our riesling crop due to dry weather but three years ago we doubled our acreage,” he said.
Mr Ford said the red grapes had really small berries, which was good for its red wines as they had a higher skin to juice ratio.
He said the winery was looking to build on its success last year, which included a silver medal for its riesling at the Canberra Wine Show.
“Definitely our sauvignon blanc and riesling will be incredible,” he said.
“We will bottle over 1000 of the Great White Sauvignon Blanc, our most popular wine.”