"Two of the main attributes of the Padthaway Wine Region are the abundance of good quality underground water and the rich, well drained soils."


Underground water depth varies from 3-6 metres on the flats to more than 30 metres on the range country.
A well managed aquifer has seen all vineyards now using drip irrigation. With the focus on producing premium quality fruit, growers employ the use of soil moisture monitoring equipment and local weather data to maximise water use efficiency.
Irrigation licenses are issued on a volumetric basis. Vineyards in our region are allowed an allocation of up to 2 ML/ha with most vineyards having an allocation of between 1.3-1.7 ML/ha. Some blocks in the region are dry grown.
Proclaimed in 1975, the Padthaway Proclaimed Wells Area is probably the most studied irrigation area in the State and regularly updated Water Allocation Plans will ensure the sustainability of this quality wine producing area.

Frost
The Padthaway area is prone to some frost and some vineyards have installed frost protection using overhead sprays and wind generators. The majority of vines, however, are unprotected from frost due to the high cost. In past years, isolated, small, low lying areas have suffered some frost damage, but overall damage in most areas is slight.



Disease
The Padthaway area usually has minimal disease problems as it receives comparatively low rainfall and plenty of sunshine during the growing season.



Phylloxera
Padthaway Wine Region is a Phylloxera free area. New plantings on phylloxera resistant rootstocks are increasing annually.





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