It has been a year since Shoalhaven winery owner Joseph Felice watched one of the most promising years of grapes get hit with weeks of bushfire smoke, followed by a plague of birds escaping fire.
- Wineries that rely on international tourists to harvest grapes have struggled to find workers with border closures
- Last year’s wet growing season was in contrast to the previous year where Crooked River Wines lost 40 per cent of its crop through bushfire smoke taint and bird attack
- Chinese wine tariffs have hurt small producers that otherwise would have exported as an extra income stream while tourism numbers are down
He lost 40 per cent of his crop at Crooked River Estate on the New South wales south coast, mostly from birds discovering…