Devastating Wildfires and Heatwave Pummeling Multiple Australian Producing Regions

Record High Temps for this time of year are driving wildfires and heat stress

Over 20 wineries, 700+ homes, are sustainaning damage from 70+ Wildfires in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia

Australia is reeling from a new record 3 day high temperature streak.

Parts of The Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, Mt. Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island are grappling with encroaching wildfires.

Hunter Valley Wineries are already dealing with smoke damage. Meanwhile Mt. Lofty, Petaluma and Golding are said to have sustained damage.

In the Barossa Valley we’re hearing of extreme water stress and sunburn to the vines.

Mildura and Swan Valley saw highs of 47°C Friday, rare for this early in the year.

Published by thegrapelife

Professional fermented grape taster, Jonathan Mather, originally from Michigan, now hails from the other side of the world- Hong Kong. A sense of adventure and love of exploration has taken Jonathan on some great journeys. Through a love of travel enjoy the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people, and enjoy fine food, wine and music. All of the above; Together if possible! As a classically trained chef and hotelier Jonathan is still exploring life’s pleasures. Over the past two decades, Jonathan has worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels. Passion for great food and wine experiences led to catering and events for hotels. Jonathan’s excitement to explore; meet new people and eat what they eat has led him from street taco stands in Acapulco at 3am to the heights of fine Gastronomy. Always returning for a simple repast of peasant food and great wine- a NY strip rare with salt and pepper, wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, braised osso bucco and a great bottle of wine with some good friends!! While at Michigan State, Jonathan had the honor to run a student led gourmet dinner event for over 300 guests, Les Gourmets. Experience with Les Gourmets and other events sparked a passion for event planning and catering. After graduating from Michigan State’s Prestigious School of Hospitality Business in 1997, Jonathan worked in catering and events with InterContinental Chicago. In the early 2000's Jonathan was a partner in creating YLo Epicure in Denver a gourmet deli and catering company later sold and still one of Denver's top catering offerings. Later moving to Hong Kong, Jonathan has worked in the wine and spirits import and distribution market for over a decade. After a successful chapter with Macallan in sales and marketing, continued rising to General Manager Greater South China for ASC Fine Wines, a division of Suntory. Jonathan has been consulting on import, distribution and brand management for select clients in the region.

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