Tasmania and irrigation water; just saying

There was a report today on the ABC today that Tasmania's wine industry is expected to grow "as new irrigation schemes expand the availability of land suitable for viticulture, combined with the growing demand for cool climate wines".  This is potentially awkward reading for lovers of fine wine, as new plantings relying on new irrigation schemes seem to recur somewhat in my view in the "what went wrong" discussions of wine regions, rather than as something to be particularly pleased with.  Fortunately, the next paragraphs in the report clearly recognise the risks of over planting and the desire to achieve higher prices for Tasmanian wine (for producers), so all would appear in hand.  But it still left me a little troubled.  Perhaps a fork in the road is ahead.  Hopefully the right path is taken.  The exploration of Tasmania's terroirs after all is just starting to get interesting.
June 6, 2014

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