PRODUCTS + SERVICES
Yalumba Nursery specialises in supplying dormant 1 year old vines grown at our field nursery situated in the sandy soils of South Australia's Riverland. In addition, using the latest greenhouse technology from Europe the Nursery is able to supply potted vines for planting in late Spring.
A complete range of services is available to grape growers wishing to maximise the security of their planting material.
Rapid propagation of green cuttings.
Potted propagules ready to plant the following season
Containerised in durable returnable pots.
Labels provide information on the following: variety, clone, class, source, and rootstock, class, source as well as a batch number which can be used in tracing all critical processing points back to the cutting source.
From standard size cuttings through to 1 bud cuttings and grafted cuttings.
Delivery in callusing containers ensure minimal disruption.
All purchasers of dormant vines are able to leave their vines in the Yalumba cold room at no charge for 3 weeks post notification of their availability.
Subsequently charges apply.
The cold room temperature is set at 2ºC and logged constantly to ensure ideal storage conditions.
HOT WATER TREATMENT
This service is free of charge for purchasers of vines.
A fee is payable for other users.
All Hot Water Treatment plants have been tested in accordance with NATA requirements and meet ISO9001-2000 requirements.
Temperature logged for every batch
Recommended for the extended storage of cuttings and vines.
For vine purchasers the Nursery is able to trim your vines to your required specifications.
INTERSTATE PLANT MOVEMENT CERTIFICATES
Handling of all plant movement forms for interstate orders is undertaken by the Nursery on your behalf.
PACKAGING AND FREIGHT
All orders are packed into plastic lined durable containers with no chance of dehydration or direct sunlight onto the vines.
Wooden bins 900 mm x 115 mm x 115 mm with pallet bottom hold approximately 2000 vines.
Cardboard boxes delivered ex Australia Post hold approximately 200 vines. Freight pricing schedule ex Barossa Valley.
WE NEEDED VINES
We started Yalumba Nursery in 1975 when we needed to replace vines at our Oxford Landing vineyard in the Riverland. We wanted to replant with grafted vines to help combat nematode and salt problems and get yields back up to sustainable levels. Finding quality grafted vine material proved difficult, so we decided to do it ourselves. With that decision Yalumba Nursery was borne. The Yalumba Nursery was first established on the winery grounds in Angaston, moving into a purpose-built facility in 2001. Initially the nursery only supplied the Yalumba vineyards, however soon our growers were asking for our vines and by 1982 Yalumba Nursery was supplying vines commercially.
It was around about this time that Yalumba Nursery began its variety and clone importation and selection programme. In the first 10 years of the programme Yalumba Nursery imported and evaluated many, many varieties and there were many, many failures (!), but there have been some obvious success stories including Viognier and the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Bernard clones from Burgundy. It was also during the 1980s that Yalumba Nursery - with the support of the CSIRO - pioneered the hot-water treatment of grafting material and vines and as a result Australia can lay claim to having some of the world's healthiest planting material free of damaging pathogens such as Crown Gall.
By the late 1980s and early 1990s the Yalumba Nursery embarked on an industry initiative to develop a vine quality accreditation scheme. Written together with the Orlando Nursery at Jacobs Creek, the base accreditation became the fundamental document generated by the Australian Vine Improvement Association (AVIA). Interestingly most of the specifications within this document today remain the same as in our original draft.
During the 1990’s the Yalumba Nursery grew rapidly in-line with the Australian wine industry and it became apparent that the facilities at the Angaston winery were no longer able to support the business and so the decision was made to invest in new facilities at the current site in Nuriootpa. The aim of the project was to build a state of the art vine production facility and after 12 months of construction this was achieved with the facilities officially opened in September 2001. By 2017, the nursery had once again outgrown its capacity and at the beginning of 2018 a new expansion project was initiated with the construction of an additional processing shed, a new greenhouse system and an expansion of our cool room. The opportunity was taken to completely separate propagation from planting and processing, by enclosing the area in which grafting occurs and creating a temperature controlled, secluded environment to increase hygiene practices and decrease risk of infection. The construction of a new laboratory has also occurred and there are exciting prospects on the horizon for Yalumba Nursery.
EXCLUSIVE ENTAV-INRA® AGREEMENT
In 2002 the Yalumba Nursery and ENTAV-INRA® signed a 20 year agreement to exclusively propagate and distribute the leading varieties and clones currently available in France. ENTAV-INRA® have the largest repository of clonal material in the world. They have been consistently at the cutting edge of clonal selection and virus identification and elimination. Their focus has been on authenticity and the production of material for high quality winemaking.
In 2004 Yalumba Nursery set-up a small-lot winemaking trial evaluating Shiraz clones selected from old vineyards across the Barossa and Eden Valley. This trial has led to the release of four new clone selections; two from the Barossa Valley (BVOVS5 and BVOVS10) and two from Eden Valley (EVOVS3 and EVOVS12). These clones have since been widely planted are adding complexity and diversity to modern wine styles.
In 2007 Yalumba Nursery moved into the table grape market with an agreement with International Fruit Genetics (IFG) to propagate premium table grape varieties for the Australian market. Exciting new varieties such as Sweet Celebration, Sweet Sapphire and Jack's Salute are now available (under contract) to tablegrape growers.
Yalumba Nursery is committed to providing the Australian wine industry with high quality planting material so that the we can continue to thrive in the increasingly competitive global wine market. With the new expansion and the introduction of a technical officer position, we aim to further enhance the quality of our product and invest in new ideas and development opportunities.