Growers contact us from time to time with concerns about abandoned vineyards in their region – generally due to heightened risk of powdery or downy mildew infection. These disease however, are not quarantinable and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has no authority to require the removal of vines in such circumstances.
Abandoned vineyards are unlikely to present an increased risk of a phylloxera infestation, because of the low level of human and machinery movement.
Growers are recommended to adhere to their own spraying regime taking into account weather conditions, withholding periods etc. Also they should adhere to their own vineyard protocols.
The Department of Primary Industries and Resources Victoria has produced information for owners or neighbours of abandoned orchards or vineyards. NB The specific regulatory information given in the fact sheet does not apply in South Australia.
If you are having a dispute with a neighbour about the abandoned vineyard, there is a Neighbourhood Mediation Service available in South Australia through the Community Legal Service. The service is there to assist “neighbours” by addressing issues and seeking to find a solution through mediation. The South Australian Community Legal Service can be contacted on 08 8342 1800 or visit www.saccls.org.au. Information regarding the mediation process is available at www.saccls.org.au/cb_pages/mediation.php