DOUBLE PURPOSE: Robert Channon, from Robert Channon Wines, is concerned the lack of water could be detrimental to the aesthetic of many wineries.
DOUBLE PURPOSE: Robert Channon, from Robert Channon Wines, is concerned the lack of water could be detrimental to the aesthetic of many wineries. Liana Walker

Winery needs rain for more than just production

THERE are many stories of farmers concerned about how the drought will affect their production, but for winery owner Robert Channon the lack of rain impacts more than just his vines.

The dam located on Mr Channon's property serves two purposes; irrigation and visual amenity.

"It's a lake you look out to from the winery, it's the view. So if that turns into a mud hole instead of a lake we don't look quite so good," he said.

"We sell a lot of wine through our cellar door and if you have a cellar door with a nice view and people are happy and have a good experience they're more likely to buy more wine."

Despite the dam being at the lowest it's been in 20 years, Mr Channon was not concerned about water security. Instead he was hoping for some good rain in the next few weeks.

"The only problem you can have this time of year is if it rains and the weather gets warm and we have an early bud burst and then the weather comes and bites us on the bum if we have a frost."

He said overall, most of the vineyards should still manage to produce even without the rain.

"If it doesn't rain between now and Christmas we'll have a very small crop but we'll still have grapes."

Perfect year for a vineyard

August - Mid-September: Rain

September - December: Raining 10-20ml every 2 -3 weeks

January - April: No rain

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