2024 Tasmanian wine grape harvest currently underway

With the 2024 Tasmanian wine grape harvest currently underway, Wine Tasmania has issued an urgent reminder of the risk that smoke poses to wine producers.

Vineyards are particularly susceptible to smoke exposure, which can be devastating for the island’s wine producers, who have worked tirelessly over the past year to manage their vineyards through to harvest time.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies said that the remaining harvest period over the coming weeks is crucial.

“With an earlier start to harvest and warmer weather in recent weeks, we are approaching the end of the 2024 vintage, but there are still some later ripening grape varieties and vineyards yet to conclude harvesting.”

“Reports so far point to another vintage of exceptional quality in 2024 and, finally, a return to average yields following several years of lower wine production.”

“One of the greatest concerns for wine producers at this time of the year is the potential impact of smoke from nearby fires. We encourage anyone planning to light a fire on their property in the weeks ahead to consult with nearby wine producers before igniting their burn to ensure they don't inadvertently cause major damage. Smoke can travel some distance from a fire and still cause damage to vineyards, and a short postponement of a fire may be all that is needed to prevent irreparable damage to this year's vintage.”

Land holders can get in touch directly with nearby wine producers to discuss proposed timing, progress on harvesting and potential risks. They can also contact Wine Tasmania on 03 6223 3770 for further information and details of nearby wine producers or contact the TFS on 1800 000 699.

Further information on wine grapes and smoke is available at or by contacting Wine Tasmania on 03 6223 3770.