Phylloxera with Drew Noon MW and Rachel Williams
This show was published 30 April 2022
Rachel Williams is an engagement officer at the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association and Drew Noon MW is a winemaker, now working at his family vineyard Noon Vineyards. Phylloxera is an insect which lives in the soil and feeds on the vine's roots, killing the vine. It came from America into Europe in the late 19th century, devastating vineyards, particularly in France. It is not currently present in South Australia although there have been several incidents elsewhere in the country, e.g. Yarra Valley in Victoria. We talk about how Australia manages its bio security to keep phylloxera at bay with the risk of tourists unwittingly bringing it from one wine region to another, for example from soil on their shoes. Different regions are categorized on their phylloxera status and there are strict rules in place for the wine industry when moving grapes etc. between states/regions.
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