What is “Climate Change” doing to Providence?

Providence Vineyards has been in the Bryce family since 1980.  Over this time we have been recording the dates of significant events, or the first signs thereof, such as bud burst (usually third week in September); flowering: 5 December; colour change in the Pinot Noir (veraison for the experts!): 9 February.  This year veraison was 11 February, bud burst: 21 September and flowering 6 December.  Whilst over a seven-year period ending in 2010 we experienced a ‘shift’ in the season, with these events occurring nearly two week’s earlier, we are back to where it’s always been, in fact, a little late even!

I must say that observing these events in the vineyard is still as exciting as it was the first time and I guess it always will be for me.


About Stuart

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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