Locals do battle in pruning competition

Winner: Clare Valley pruner Ryan Longmire receives his award. Photo: Dragan Radocaj.
Winner: Clare Valley pruner Ryan Longmire receives his award. Photo: Dragan Radocaj.

A team of Clare Valley pruners travelled to the Barossa on Tuesday to battle it out in the 2017 South Australian Pruning Competition at the Barossa Pruning Expo.

Clare pruners secured two of the top nine places with Ryan Longmire placing third in the Electrocoup Individual Spur and the Annies Lane team securing second place in the Felco Team Spur event.

With participants from Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, Barossa’s Steve Schiller scored the most points overall, taking home the prestigious Wolf Blass Shield.  

Following the competition, 120 workshop participants took part in a demonstration of a new pruning technique designed to prolong the lifespan of vineyards and a trunk disease presentation.

The pruning competition runs every alternate year in the Barossa and the Clare Valley. The event was revived in 2012 by the Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association after a break of nearly 30 years.  

RESULTS: Wolf Blass Shield (overall winner): Steve Schiller (Barossa)

Electrocoup Individual Spur: 1st  – Mark Storton (Barossa), 2nd – Steve Schiller (Barossa), 3rd – Ryan Longmire (Clare Valley)

Bahco/Pellenc Individual Rod & Spur: 1st – Jim Boehm (Barossa), 2nd – Dean Willoughby (Barossa), 3rd – Steve Schiller (Barossa)

Felco Team Spur – 1st – “Cutting Edge” – Steve Schiller, Dean Willoughby, David Vaughan (Barossa); 2nd – “Annie’s Lane” – James Brooksby, Keith Zubrinich, Steve McKenzie (Clare Valley); 3rd – “Light Pass Cricket Club” –  Martin Gallasch, Ryan Schiller, Jim Boehm (Barossa).