Grapevines require regualre watering to supplement the natural annual rainfall. To produce the quality of wine grapes expected for this business, the Belvidere Estate vineyard requires approximately 2.5ML of water per hectare of supplementary irrigation give the regions annual rainfall.
The western region of Langhorne Creek has limited ground water for use in irrigation. Accordingly, the Belvidere Estate vineyard has never relied on this source for its supplementary irrigation.
The water is delivered to the grapevines through a series of pumps and mainlines according to the irrigation designed for the vineyard.
The sophisticated ‘in-line’ drip irrigation system, supplied by Netafim Australia in 2007, is considered the most effective supply of irrigation. The irrigation system is controlled by a computer network which enables the efficient application of the water through centralised control.