A reminder to growers as the State welcomes the 2015 Tour Down Under
With South Australia gearing up to once again host the Tour Down Under in January, we would like to remind growers that there will be an increased number of tourists in many of our wine regions. For those vineyards along the route there is the potential that people will watch the race adjacent or near to your vineyard. It is important to be vigilant to ensure that unauthorised people do not enter your vineyard.
View the Tour Down Under website to find the 2015 race routes by clicking here.
Some simple protocols can be put in place on the day to ensure your vineyard is not entered by tourists, these are:
- Phylloxera signage – phylloxera signs can be printed from the PGIBSA website. If you have a large boundary it may be more economical to print out a number of these signs specifically for the day the TDU goes through;
- Creating a barrier between your vineyard and the road, either temporary in the form of some type of bunting or a permanent structure such as a fence or hedge (this may be a longer term option for future years); and
- Having a human presence on the day to ensure people are not parking or entering your vineyard.
The PGIBSA and your local viticultural technical group believe that the adoption of these simple protocols will help keep South Australia phylloxera free.
If you require any further information, please contact the office on 08 8273 0550.