CHEERS: Jason and Susan Kinsella have been producing wine since 2001.
CHEERS: Jason and Susan Kinsella have been producing wine since 2001. Katherine Morris

Strong wine season for our growers

PICKING season has begun at South Burnett wineries and one producer has said it looked like it would be one of the best seasons yet.

Moffatdale Ridge owner Jason Kinsella said the weather over the past year was perfect for grape growing.

"I think we had a better than expected winter in as a far as it was cold, but it wasn't really cold, it wasn't extreme,” Mr Kinsella said.

"We also haven't had those big heat events through spring and into summer like last year, it has been far more temperate, which is fantastic.”

Mr Kinsella said the season so far had been "absolutely fantastic”.

"It's been the best season we've ever had.”

"It's been challenging in the last week or so, with the rain coming in which has not been helpful, but it's only held us off a little bit.

"The fruit is in good shape right across the region. It's a great season.”

Mr Kinsella said it would be a round-the-clock job for the next few months.

"Between harvesting and then crushing in the winery, watching it ferment, this is our peak period, it's all hands on deck.”

"We've employed more staff for it.

"It's exciting, it's tiring, it's always stressful, but it is an extremely exciting period.”

He said the winery would spend the next six weeks getting the wine through the fermentation process.

"We'll get it all put to bed.”

"Then the reds will be put down into the barrel, and the whites will go to bottle.

"The next couple of months are very full on.”

On top of a great start to the season Moffatdale Ridge recently took five medals at the Wine Luxe International Awards 2017 in Hong Kong.

The winery took home a bronze medal in the sweet wine category for their 2014 Late Harvest Red, 2014 Late Harvest White and Roasted Macadamia Liqueur.

They also won silver in the new world red category for Moffatdale's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and another silver medal in the spirits section for their cognac and walnut liqueur.

"We are feeling very positive at the moment.”

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