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REWARDED: Cheryl and Brad Hutchings celebrate at the Queensland Wine Awards where Savina Lane Wines was awarded with a gold medal and trophy for their Fiano.
REWARDED: Cheryl and Brad Hutchings celebrate at the Queensland Wine Awards where Savina Lane Wines was awarded with a gold medal and trophy for their Fiano. contributed

SAVINA Lane Wines owners Cheryl and Brad Hutchings watched in fear as a violent storm came through their vineyard, belting through their seventh vintage.

All they could do was hold their breath and wait.

"A violent storm was coming through and damaged the Fiano,” Mrs Hutchings said.

"The Fiano was the most advanced. All the others were relatively small... and tender and it didn't affect them.”

Damaged Fiano on Cheryl and Brad Hutchings' Savina Lane Wines vineyard.
Damaged Fiano on Cheryl and Brad Hutchings' Savina Lane Wines vineyard. contributed

Despite the damage the wind gusts of up to 75km/h caused to the Fiano, Mrs Hutchings said they were pleased with the look of their vineyard.

"Long-term (the Fiano) will be fine,” she said.

"Like all farmers, you are at the mercy of the weather.

"Twenty per cent of the (plants) were damaged but that's what we would have taken off anyway.

"At this point we are very delighted with the look of the vineyard despite the damage.”

Mrs Hutchings said the Fiano had been a very popular wine at the cellar door, taking out a gold medal and trophy at the Queensland Wine Awards in August.

"People love the Fiano,” she said. "It's a beautiful Italian white wine.”

Apart from the recent storm that travelled through the vineyard, the winery owners are happy with this year's growing conditions.

"The vintage is looking very good,” Mrs Hutchings said.

"We had some very good vine-growing weather, not too hot. It seems we had a much cooler spring this year.

"We didn't have terribly hot winds and the rain was good. We are very fortunate we didn't get big hail events. It seems to be very localised and we have been very fortunate.”

This year will be the seventh vintage for the couple who lived at the Sunshine Coast for 30 years.

"It's our seventh vintage. We hope it's a lucky vintage for us,” Mrs Hutchings said.

"It's only a small winery. Saying that, it's small but we get premium wines. The fruit is our key. Ninety-five per cent of the wine (quality) is made in the vineyard.”

Mike Hayes, who was awarded with Australian Winemaker of the Year last week, is the winemaker for many wineries in the country including Servernlea winery Savina Lane Wines.

"They do some state of the art wines at Symphony Hills,” Mrs Hutchings said.

"We work very hard to give Mike the best grape possible. Brad and I, we do it all ourselves. We get a little bit of extra help in the busier time of the year.”

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