TasVine - smoke & vineyards
Grapevines that are exposed to smoke can be at risk of producing a wine that is affected by smoke taint and is unpalatable and therefore unsaleable. When vineyards and grapes are exposed to smoke this can result in wines with undesirable sensory characters, such as smoky, burnt, ashy or medicinal, usually described as ‘smoke tainted’. The key factors that determine whether smoke-exposed grapes become tainted are the grapevine growth stage, grape variety, smoke composition and the length of smoke exposure. It is not only important to understand the effects of smoke taint but to know when during the growing season grapevines are susceptible to smoke. The highest risk period is from Veraison to Harvest, which can occur from late January through to May/June. Smoke taint can occur in extreme conditions at any time that there is fruit on the vine. More information on smoke taint can be located on the Australian Wine Research Institute's website.
Please view the smoke fact sheet to understand the devastating impact fire can have on vineyards. Please always consult with owners of neighbouring vineyards to discuss potential plans and timing, and to ensure you do not inadvertently cause irreparable damage to their livelihood.
We urge all fire users to consult with local vineyards well in advance of planning a burn, to discuss the potential risks and timing to minimise negative impacts on your neighbouring Tasmanian wine businesses.
The TasVine map locates every vineyard in Tasmania and is used by government and private landscape fire users in reducing potential negative impacts of fire and smoke on their neighbouring vineyards and during biosecurity events. This is not a touring map (see link below if you're looking for touring information).
The TasVine map is managed and updated by Wine Tasmania and broken down into two categories:
- Wine Tasmania member vineyards, with contact details
- Other vineyards, without contact details
The TasVine map is available for anyone who is planning a fuel reduction or other fire to access. Anyone planning to light a fire is encouraged to review the map to determine the risk the subsequent smoke poses to vineyards down-wind and to contact nearby vineyards and / or Wine Tasmania to discuss potential impacts and timing.
TO REQUEST ACCESS TO TASVINE
Please click here and fill out the short questionnaire.
NEW VINEYARDS REGISTRATION
It is highly recommended that you list your new vineyard on TasVine! Please click here and fill out the short questionnaire.