RUINED: The hail nets at Robert Channon Wines came crashing down on to the Vineyard during the snow.
RUINED: The hail nets at Robert Channon Wines came crashing down on to the Vineyard during the snow. Alex Nolan

Snow wreaks havoc on Granite Belt growers

IT WASN'T all good news when snow fell on the Granite Belt on Friday, with growers experiencing significant damage to hail netting.

One of the worst affected properties was Robert Channon Wines on Bradley Lane.

The pure weight of the snow was too much for the nets to handle.

The wooden posts holding the nets in position snapped in half, bringing the netting crashing down onto the vineyard.

It was a weekend of contrasts for Mr Channon and his wife Peggy, with Robert representing his winery at Regional Flavours in Brisbane and Peggy staying home to welcome world-renowned pianist Roman Rudnytsky to perform on their property.

"I haven't even had a chance to inspect them properly," Mr Channon said.

"There was no point trying to have a look on Friday morning.

"It was really dangerous to go in there with so much snow weighing down on the nets."

Snow weighed down heavily on the nets even late in to the afternoon. Photo: Alex Nolan / Stanthorpe Border Post
Snow weighed down heavily on the nets even late in to the afternoon. Photo: Alex Nolan / Stanthorpe Border Post Alex Nolan

Mr Channon said the snow had caused significantly more damage than hail storms could.

"It really was a terrific amount of weight on the nets. The ironbark posts didn't just come down, they snapped under the pressure.

"We've had some damage from hail before but this is a bit more serious."

Mr Channon said he didn't know how much the cost would be to replace the nets before the season started in spring.

"You can't plan for these events. When they happen you just have to fix them up again," he said.

"When you get a hail storm it tends to be when the vineyard is in operation.

"At this time of year everything is dormant.

"We can still get in to carry on pruning.

"Progressively you get everything hauled back up again."

Mr Channon said he received a huge amount of interest from people at Regional Flavours, with people wanting to know about the snow on the Granite Belt.

"There was terrific interest," he said.

"When I drove to Brisbane there was almost a traffic jam coming up the highway."



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