Field notes

Australian winegrowers putting sunscreen on grapes

Hotter weather prompts new solutions as harvest patterns change, alcohol content rises

SYDNEY • At a vineyard in Australia's Hunter Valley, where his family have been making wine since the 1860s, Mr Bruce Tyrrell realised several years ago that he would need to find ways to ensure his grapes could survive in the increasingly warm and dry weather.

So, five years ago - and exactly 150 years after the winery had its first vintage - Mr Tyrrell decided to adopt a novel solution: applying sunscreen on the grapes. He admits that his ancestors may have found the technique surprising but notes that growers have long known that "if you don't adapt, you die".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2019, with the headline 'Australian winegrowers putting sunscreen on grapes'. Print Edition | Subscribe