A Hunter Valley vigneron says there has been widespread bud burst in local vineyards but the recent hot and dry conditions have not been ideal.

Andrew Margan says more rain is needed in the coming weeks to boost canopy growth and sub soil moisture.

But, he says the warm weather does keep mildew and disease at bay, and gives the vines time to build up resistance.

"We've had a really good bud burst, it's being really quite even," he said.

"It's sort have been an average time, this is the time we'd be expecting that to happen.

"Of course the weather is hotter and drier than you'd want at this time of year, and the grapevines would ideally have a bit more moisture coming out of the sky, but, we did have a good inch of rain recently that's been good for them.

"But there is nothing on the horizon at the moment, and ideally we'd have some more.

"Ideally we will get some rain before flowering because that's when we need our canopy growth, and we need that to get the grapes ripe.

"Fingers crossed we get something getting through.

"This warm, dry weather certainly keeps the disease at bay.

"It gives us the opportunity I guess to get our vineyards in order in terms of building up levels of resistance in case it does get wet, but certainly at this stage there's no sign of any disease around."

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