Blog 77: McLaren Vale Pruning Competition


The clever boys at DJ’s Growers (James Hook, Derek Cameron & crew) decided to bring back the age old McLaren Vale pruning competition yesterday.

With around 30 entrants-this competition was last run in the 1970’s- but has a long history prior to that. In the 1890’s the competition was part of the Willunga Agricultural Show.

Old school pruners in the Vale- some very impressive moustaches!

After some tough competition, and very strict judging from local legends Fred Osmond & Lyndon Elliot, Jeremy O’Donald took out the champion pruner position. Dan Wright- my very clever husband- came third. Good to know he can go back to full-time pruning if this whole Swell Brewing Co caper doesnt work out!! For a full run down see

Dan hard at work pruning his vines. Pic thanks to James Hook

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