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Canberra vineyard devastated by kangaroos

  • Kangaroo’s rampaged the vineyard in Canberra after the dry conditions  
  • Maipenrai Vineyard is famous for making pinot noir on their 1.1 hectare vineyard 
  • They were caught eating the first leaves preventing the bud and fruit to grow

Kangaroos have left a winery dry after eating more than $80,000 worth of produce since October last year.

The Maipenrai Vineyard in Canberra is famous for making pinot noir on their 1.1 hectare vineyard.

This year the vineyard has been hit with an unlikely guest acquiring a taste of their produce. 

Maipenrai Vineyard in Canberra is famous for making pinot noir on their 1.1 hectare vineyard but have been devastated by kangaroo’s munching on their produce

Kangaroo’s were caught munching on the first leaves on the vineyard which prevented the bud and fruit to grow. 

‘They got hungry,’ grower Jenny Gordon told the ABC.  

The vineyard, which has been in operation for 18 years said they are ‘unlucky’ because of the overly dry conditions this season and the kangaroos taking a bite.

‘They have never eaten the vines before. So they got a taste … and they just munched their way through quite happily.

The vineyard, which has been in operation for 18 years said they are 'unlucky' because of the overly dry conditions this season and the kangaroos taking a bite

The vineyard, which has been in operation for 18 years said they are ‘unlucky’ because of the overly dry conditions this season and the kangaroos taking a bite

Both Jenny and her husband Brian Schmidt said they were disappointed they weren’t able to create a finished product from the vineyard.

‘My vineyard would normally make about 4,000 bottles of wine at roughly $20 a bottle,’ Mr Schmidt said. 

The couple also have a winery on their property and still expect to bring out a 2018 bottle sourced from other vineyards. 

They also plan to install a two-metre tall fence so kangaroos won’t be able to get in to their vineyard.  

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