BENDIGO region grapegrowers are considering testing their crops for smoke-linked chemicals which can cause an unpleasant taint in red wine.
Mandurang Valley Wines owner Wes Vine said it was too soon to know whether grapes has been affected, as the red grapes were yet to change colour.
But Mr Vine said he planned to get the red grapes tested in a lab in the next couple of weeks.
Mr Vine said he had never seen smoke like the past week at Mandurang before, especially Wednesday morning.
He said smoke taint in wine would not cause any health problems, just decrease its quality.
At Balgownie Estate head winemaker Tony Winspear was also waiting for the grapes to change colour before taking action.
Mr Winspear said periodic smokey conditions might not be an issue, but smoke hanging around day after day would cause concern.
He said the winery would definitely get its red grapes tested if the smoke persisted.
Mr Winspear said smoke taint on the skins was what created the unpleasant flavour, only tasteable after the wine finished fermenting.
"It's a bit like if you got a smoldering piece of gum tree out of the fire, and put it in a bucket of wine, it's not very nice," he said.
Mr Winspear said if the winery did find the smokey chemical it could remove the skins from the ferment at an earlier stage to make different kinds of wine.
But he said a serious smoke taint could compromise the Bendigo district's fantastic medium to full bodied Shiraz and Cabernet varieties.
"We might end up making more sparkling based [wines]. That means the skins are pressed and we extract the juice, and we get rid of the skins ... And we'll just make wines from the juice," Mr Winspear said.
"If you're using red grapes you can make Rose and you can make sparkling wines in particular. You may also be able to make some really nice light style reds."
Mr Winspear said the wine making and farming community needed to talk about climate change, and get the federal and state government on board for long-term responses.
"It's too big for individual farmers," he said.
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